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Not Guilty!

The Good News For Working Mothers

In this provocative work, Betty Holcomb offers a fresh and thoughtful analysis of the real costs and benefits of women working outside the home. Puncturing popular myths, she takes a hard look at decades of research and shows that working mothers suffer stress, fatigue, and guilt, not as a natural outgrowth of juggling a job and family, but because of stereotypes, hostile workplaces, and policies that have yet to catch up with real life. With the right support, she argues, the revolution of the working mother could lead to richer and more satisfying lives for women and children -- and men -- alike.

Betty Holcomb, a distinguished journalist, has appeared on CNN and CNBC-TV and has been interviewed by newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times. She has written for Working Mother, Parenting, Parents, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and Glamour.

Caryl Rivers The Boston Globe A fresh breeze in a smog of myth and misinformation.

Ellen Goodman The Boston Globe Refreshingly new and daring....In the 1980s, Susan Faludi turned a jaundiced eye on the 'Backlash.' Betty Holcomb has done the same for the 1990s backlash against working mothers.

Good Housekeeping Insightful.

Kirkus Reviews Thoughtful and informed...solid and astute, with the kind of information that women can use to forge workplace opportunity without guilt.