Wonder Women by Debora L. Spar

Wonder Women coverSpar believes that when women hold themselves to an impossible standard they, by definition, can never achieve everything they set out to do. Instead we all need to make decisions about our priorities and accept that some things won’t get done well, or at all.

One thing that stood out to me was Spar’s claim that today’s women can be so devoted to home, family, careers, etc, they neglect to join “forces to fight for something together.” Why? “we’re too busy trying to be perfect.” (p. 172)

It’s important for women to understand that their striving for the impossible isn’t just a personal problem- it’s a societal one. If we stop trying to do everything, perhaps we can find the time to make things better for those who will come after us.