How do women trade off between work and family commitments? And what are the causes, limits, and consequences of the “subtle revolution” in women’s choices over the 1960s and 1970s? To answer these questions, Hard Choices analyzes the experiences of a carefully selected group of middle-class and working-class women who were young adults in the 1970s. Their informative life histories reveal the emerging social forces in American society, where work-family conflicts and “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” options have led today’s women to face a host of difficult choices.

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