Madeleine Kunin & 'The New Feminist Agenda' | Atheneum | Tonight!
Author Talk: Madeleine Kunin, 'The New Feminist Agenda'
Monday July 9, 2012
Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall
Feminists opened up thousands of doors in the 1960s and 1970s, but decades later, are U.S. women where they thought they'd be? The answer, it turns out, is a resounding no.
Surely there have been gains. 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. But combining a career and family turned out to be more complicated than expected. While women changed, social structures surrounding work and family remained static.
Madeleine M. Kunin, an author, professor and former Clinton Administration official and Ambassador, looks back over five decades of advocacy, she analyzes where progress stalled, looks at the successes of other countries and makes a case for the kind of government and workplace policies that can improve the lives of women and strengthen their families.