'I need a wife'.
It's a common joke among women juggling work and family, but it's no joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a godsend on the domestic front and an asset on the work front and is an advantage enjoyed by vastly more men than women.
Full of candid and funny stories from politics and the media, The Wife Drought shares intriguing research about the attitudes pulsing beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.
©2014 Annabel Crabb (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
"Crabb is an excellent writer, and the book is penned with the wry wit for which she is famous." (Crikey)
"A modern classic.... This is the conversation we have to have." (Lisa Wilkinson)
Nice to find a book that looks at sensible reasons for the way things are, and suggests ways forward. The author's own voice also conveys a sense of curiosity and solution seeking to looking at the statistics. Doing work and home life better, integrating communication technology and new ideas is the way forward, as long as we think clearly about who we are and how we are shaped by assumptions and preconceptions.
I liked the chapter "Men are Awful, Women are Hopeless" particularly because although it examined these arguments for why social change is slow, it wasn't a bitter nihilist rant. It was a truthful examination of how unconscious presumptions shape our behaviour.
I'll definitely be reading more of Annabel Crabb in future! Highly recommended!
"Honest balanced and practical discussion of gender issues in politics."
Annabelle Crabbe is a respected journalist and celebrity. This book explains a lot and includes important historical data from interviews with personalities from Australian politics over the past 40 years. I enjoyed the book, it got me thinking. I would never read feminist literature so this is a milestone for me. I recommend it. I'm encouraged to "read" more Australian books.
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