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The New Feminist Agenda

Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family Madeleine M. Kunin
$26.95 Hardcover ISBN 9781603584258 $17.95 Paperback ISBN 9781603582919 6 x 9 288 pages Pub Date: Mothers Day (May 13, 2012)

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Madeline Kunin had to imagine herself as a woman leader when those two words rarely came together. Now she teaches us from her experience, and helps us imagine the next leap into the future. Gloria Steinem, feminist and founder of Ms. Magazine, in praise of Pearls, Politics, and Power

Feminists opened up thousands of doors in the 1960s and 1970s, but decades later, are U.S. women where they thought theyd be? The answer is a resounding no. Women now comprise nearly 60 percent of college undergraduates and half of all medical and law students. They have entered the workforce in record numbers, making the two-wage-earner family the norm. While women changed, however, social structures surrounding work and family remained static. Affordable, high-quality childcare, paid family leave, and equal pay for equal work remain elusive for most women. The U.S. has also fallen far behind other countries on the gender-equity front with fewer women holding federal offices and leading the nations top private companies. Its time, says former U.S. Ambassador and Governor Madeleine M. Kunin, to change that and usher in a new social revolution. Our inability to invest in families leaves us vulnerable to being reduced to second-rate status in the global economy. Looking back over five decades of advocacy, Kunin analyzes where progress stalled, examines the successes of other countries, and charts the course for the next feminist revolutionone that mobilizes women, and men, to call for the kind of government and workplace policies that can improve the lives of women and strengthen their families.

Madeleine M. Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont and the first woman governor in the United States to serve three terms. She served as Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland in the Clinton administration. She is currently a Marsh professor at the University of Vermont and a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. She is the founder and board member of the global Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a non-governmental organization, focused on climate change and civil society. She lives in Burlington, Vermont with her husband, John Hennessey.

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