Broken Patterns 2nd Edition to launch in March 2014, Women’s History Month
News from Cambridge Common Press
A new edition of Broken Patterns, Professional Women and the Quest for a New Feminine Identity, will be launched on March 1, 2014, in honor of Women’s History Month, Cambridge Common Press announced today.
Broken Patterns, by award-winning journalist Anita M. Harris, traces the experiences of 40 American professional women who entered male-dominated careers in the 1970s and 1980s. Placing these groundbreaking women in generational context along with their mothers and grandmothers, the book outlines a “push-pull” pattern of generational and historical development going back to the Colonial period in America. That is, in the 19th century and again in the 20th, the more women left the home for paying work in one generation, the deeper the societal belief in domesticity for women in the next. What does this mean for the future?
Unlike several new books arguing that women’s quest for equality has stalled, Broken Patterns takes a hopeful view. It suggests that progress is not linear, nor cyclic, but spiral. As generations and as a society, Harris writes, “we push forward toward a goal, reach an impasse, pull back to retrieve and reintegrate aspects and values of the past in order to move forward, once again.”
The new edition It includes stories of present day college students and recent graduates, a new preface and an afterword assessing how far women have come since Broken Patterns was originally published, in 1995. It will be of great interest to women now entering the workplace because it shows how the experiences of mothers and grandmothers influence young women’s career and family decisions.
NPR Reporter and author Margot Adler called the book “A splendid study of professional women.”
Broken Patterns Second Edition is available for purchase on Amazon.com and at Kindle.com, and at the Broken Patterns E-store. It will soon be available at the Harvard Bookstore, in Cambridge, MA.
Contact: Anita M. Harris