“Describes the potential for a powerful new relationship between mothers and daughters which would change the relationship between all women and girls.”—Gloria Steinem
As the daughters of baby boomer moms approach womanhood the questions begin. Will I teach my daughter the right things? How do I correct the mistakes my mother made with me?
Mother Daughter Revolution: From Betrayal to Power addresses all the issues that a mother guiding a budding woman could possibly need to know about. Authors Elizabeth Debold, Marie Wilson, and Idelisse Malave approach these dilemmas as would any other mother who is concerned with the survival of her daughter in a male-dominant society would. This book centers on women’s attempts to build trusting relationships with their daughters. The foundation of this trust is based on removing the feeling of betrayal that develops when daughters feel that their mothers have not prepared them for the earthshaking changes they experience during adolescence. Lack of preparation for these changes leads to a lack of confidence and an inability to deal with competition.
Mother Daughter Revolution is written in a problem and solution style and describes the path from adolescence to womanhood through identifiable stories and anecdotes. Many mothers recount stories of being told by their mothers to “be nice” because “nice girls get married and get good things.” Well, these new mothers opt to tell their daughters that being nice is not always an option, especially if “being nice” infringes upon their rights.
About Elizabeth Debold
Dr. Elizabeth Debold has published numerous articles about human and moral development, gender issues, and girls’ self-knowledge and growth. She has consulted to a variety of organizations ranging from corporate law firms to nonprofit educational organizations, has lectured widely, and… More about Elizabeth Debold