The Women’s Room: A Novel

The twenty-one-million copy bestseller-available again for a new generation of readers Originally published in 1977, The Women’s Room was a novel that-for the first time-expressed the inner lives of women who left education and professional advancement behind to marry in the 1950s, only to find themselves adrift and unable to support themselves after divorce in the 1970s. Some became destitute, a few went insane. But many went back to school in the heyday of the Women’s Liberation movement, and were swept up in the promise of equality for both sexes. Marilyn French’s characters represent this wide cross section of American women, and her wry and pointed voice gives depth and emotional intensity to this timeless book that remains controversial and completely relevant.

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  1. The Way It WAS For those women who think the situations and descriptions of male attitudes and behavior is too negative — you must under the age of 55. The descriptions in this of what women went through before and during the Women’s Movement are not exaggerated, they are accurate. Yes, that was exactly what our world was like. With all the freedoms women enjoy today (although we still have a long way to go), it’s hard to believe how things used to be — even those of us who experienced these anti-women…

  2. Feminist treatise, powerful novel, and great read I’m not sure I could (or would want to) put aside the feminist message of this book. Even though I’m in my 20s and come from a different generation, I was able to empathize Mira’s struggles of trying to be a good wife in the 50s and 60s, and then rebelling in the 70s to reclaim her identity and role. At the time this was published, these ideas were probably more revolutionary than they are today, but I still think they are just as important. There were many moments in this book that were…

  3. Desperate Housewives/Single Feminists The story of Mira and her group of friends at two very different periods in the character’s life is informative, especially from the standpoint of the 2000’s. The first half of the novel dealt with Mira’s life as a young suburban doctor’s wife and mother of two young sons. It describes many of the women she truly bonds with and how women were definitely at the mercy of their husband’s career choices, level of fidelity, even their spending habits. Lack of communication between the couples…

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