Necessary Dreams

Necessary Dreams

Ambition in Women's Changing Lives

Book - 2004
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In this groundbreaking book about how women perceive, are prepared for, and cope with ambition and achievement, psychiatrist Anna Fels examines ambition at the deepest psychological level. Cutting to the core of what ambition can provide--the essential elements of a fulfilling life--Fels describes why, for women but not for men, ambition still remains fraught with often painful conflict. Fels draws on case studies, research, interviews, and autobiographies of accomplished and celebrated women past and present--writers, artists, architects, politicians, actors--to explore the ways in which women are brought up to avoid recognition and visibility in favor of traditional feminine values and why they often choose to nurture and defer to rather than compete with men. She poses invaluable questions: What is the nature of ambition and how important is it in a woman's life? What are the forces that promote or impede its development? To what extent does ambition go against a woman's very nature? And she challenges currently held theories about the state of mind and the needs of men. Incisive and highly readable, Necessary Dreams is a unique exploration of the options and obstacles women face in the pursuit of their goals. It is a book that every woman will want--and need--to read.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679442448
0679442448
Branch Call Number: 305.4 F338N 2004
Characteristics: xxi, 297 p. ; 24 cm

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nancyjanemoore
Apr 19, 2013

I've been reading a lot of recent books on feminism and this is by and away the best analysis of the progress women have made and the barriers that remain. I reviewed it when it first came out (http://broaduniverse.org/broadsheet-archive/necessary-dreams-ambition-in-womens-changing-lives-by-anna-fels-february-2005-bs-r-0502njm) and I continue to recommend it to people all the time. This would be a perfect book for a discussion in relation to the new book by Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In.

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