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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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Free to Be Conflicted

Free to Be Conflicted

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(p.146) Free to Be Conflicted
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When We Were Free to Be
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Robin Pogrebin

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff.20

This chapter discusses what the author describes as something that feminism did not prepare her for—how wrenching it would be at times to leave the kids at home and go to the office, or how she would beat herself up about not doing either thing fully: parenting or work. Motherhood was also something the author's mother, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, never talked about—how she balanced work and home, whether she found it a struggle, how to move between those two worlds. She made “having it all” look easy. From the author's perspective, her mother did have it all. A leader of the feminist movement, she had a stellar career and the freedom to work from home as a writer after her office years as a founder of Ms. magazine. She and the author's father, Bert, had a strong marriage and an active social life.

Keywords:   feminism, parenting, work, motherhood, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, feminist movement

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