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Unsung Heroines : Single Mothers And the American Dream (Paperback)

Author: Sidel, Ruth

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"This pioneering new study by Ruth Sidel is an education for the nation. Sidel shatters all the old familiar negative myths and harsh stereotypes about single mothers, and gives us instead the unvarnished truth about the diversity of their lives, their courageous struggles to raise their children, and the genuine family values they share with millions of other Americans. Many of the larger lessons she draws apply to all families as well--he constant search for a fair balance between work and family, and the endless quests for decent jobs and fair pay and good schools and affordable health care. Hopefully, this excellent and eloquent volume will become the wake-up call it deserves to be, and wiser federal, state, and local policies will enable many, many more of these hard-working mothers to find the light at the end of the tunnel. This book offers a unique opportunity for every reader to walk in their shoes and help find that light."--Senator Edward M. Kennedy
"Ruth Sidel's dramatic life histories of single mothers make a revealing point: These mothers, especially the poor ones among them, work far harder and act more responsibly than some two parent families. They have to, because their and their children's survival depends on it. Perhaps they are America's true Supermoms."--Herbert J. Gans, author of "Making Sense of America
"This is a beautiful work of narrative, interwoven with mature reflections, on the courage and resilience of single mothers and the dangerous stereotypes and structural injustices by which their lives are made so difficult in our society. Ruth Sidel is a sensitive listener, and it is this gift which brings forth so much eloquence and piercing honesty fromthose who share their stories in this strong and stirring book."--Jonathan Kozol, author of "The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
"Few readers will be untouched by the pain, loss and disrupted lives, but also the enormous strengths Sidel uncovers as these women struggle to rise above the debilitating stigma and mean-spirited penalties meted out to single mothers, especially those without means. Thoughtful, sympathetic and well-researched, "Unsung Heroines is absolutely required reading for anyone working with single mothers and especially for the nation's leaders who shape public policy."--Mimi Abramovitz, author of "Regulating the Lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy From Colonial Times to the Present and "Under Attack

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Publisher Univ of California Pr
Mfg Part# 9780520247727
SKU 202133828
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0520247728
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Number of Pages 0251
Publisher University of California Press
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