Linda Hirshman

Linda R. Hirshman retired as the Allen/Berenson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brandeis University. With almost no effort, she landed spot No. 77 on Bernard Goldberg's 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America. She is the author of Get to Work ... And Get a Life Before It's Too Late, in paperback May 28.

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WHY WE CAN�T "ALL JUST GET ALONG."

WHY WE CAN�T "ALL JUST GET ALONG." I am the author of " Homeward Bound " ( The American Prospect , December 2005), where I argued that women quitting their jobs to stay home are making a mistake, work in the public and market world is more likely to produce a flourishing life, and, if men did more domestic work, women could do more public work. On June 12, my book, Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World , will be in the bookstores. I expected that people would argue back. Instead, all of a sudden the subject of women's lives became the new taboo. A chorus of stay-at-home moms filled the papers on Mother's Day. "A bit of mutual respect? " the Chicago Tribune asked . "Ceasefire for Moms" implored the Boston Globe . "Why can't we all just get along?" they say. Let's concentrate on getting the things we need from 'the government' or 'business.' We all have the same interests in being good mothers. What can this mean? No one tells Democrats not to disagree with Republicans, or...

Homeward Bound

I. The Truth About Elite Women Half the wealthiest, most-privileged, best-educated females in the country stay home with their babies rather than work in the market economy. When in September The New York Times featured an article exploring a piece of this story, “Many Women at Elite Colleges Set Career Path to Motherhood,” the blogosphere went ballistic, countering with anecdotes and sarcasm. Slate 's Jack Shafer accused the Times of “weasel-words” and of publishing the same story -- essentially, “The Opt-Out Revolution” -- every few years, and, recently, every few weeks. (A month after the flap, the Times ' only female columnist, Maureen Dowd, invoked the elite-college article in her contribution to the Times ' running soap, “What's a Modern Girl to Do?” about how women must forgo feminism even to get laid.) The colleges article provoked such fury that the Times had to post an explanation of the then–student journalist's methodology on its Web site. There's only one problem: There...

Homeward Bound

"Choice feminism" claims that staying home with the kids is just one more feminist option. Funny that most men rarely make the same "choice." Exactly what kind of choice is that?

I. The Truth About Elite Women Half the wealthiest, most-privileged, best-educated females in the country stay home with their babies rather than work in the market economy. When in September The New York Times featured an article exploring a piece of this story, "Many Women at Elite Colleges Set Career Path to Motherhood," the blogosphere went ballistic, countering with anecdotes and sarcasm. Slate 's Jack Shafer accused the Times of "weasel-words" and of publishing the same story -- essentially, "The Opt-Out Revolution" -- every few years, and, recently, every few weeks. (A month after the flap, the Times ' only female columnist, Maureen Dowd, invoked the elite-college article in her contribution to the Times ' running soap, " What's a Modern Girl to Do?" about how women must forgo feminism even to get laid.) The colleges article provoked such fury that the Times had to post an explanation of the then-student journalist's methodology on its Web site. There's only one problem: There...

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