Baby Hunger: The New Battle for Motherhood

Baby Hunger: The New Battle for Motherhood

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By (author) Sylvia Ann Hewlett

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  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 26mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1903809797
  • ISBN 13: 9781903809792
  • Sales rank: 1,878,339

Product description

Nearly half of all highly educated, high-earning women are childless. The more successful the woman, the less likely it is she have a partner or a baby. For men, the opposite is true: the more successful he is professionally, the more likely it is that he will be married with children. These women have not chosen to be childless. Indeed, most of them yearn for a baby and have gone to extraordinary lengths to become pregnant, often derailing their careers in the process. However, Baby Hunger reminds us that, despite the allure and apparent success of IVF treatment, only 3-5 percent of women aged 40 and above manage to conceive this way. The age-old business of having babies is eluding an entire generation of successful women: they can be astronauts, chief executives and politicians but, increasingly, they cannot be mothers. Baby Hunger looks at why. Sylvia Ann Hewlett brings to the book her professional expertise as a successful and leading policy maker and her own difficult experiences of motherhood. Revelatory and incendiary, this unique work shocks and disturbs, but it also offers invaluable ideas for how future young women can escape 'baby hunger'. It is essential reading.

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Author information

SYLVIA ANN HEWLETT founded the National Parenting Association in 1993. She was a major policy adviser to Neil Kinnock in the 1980s and was Executive Director of the Economic Policy She lives in New York .

Review quote

'Sylvia Ann Hewlett has written a book that has not so much struck a raw nerve as ripped out an entire spinal cord and left it dangling in the air.' The Times 'the US publishing smash' Barbara Ellen, Observer 'An important new book... Hewlett has a very cautionary tale to tell.'Daily Mail 'Baby Hunger has a beautifully simple thesis... it dares to probe the childless state, refusing to accept the glib suggestion that children were not wanted or simply did not happen.' Independent 'Hewlett exposes some discomforting realities... the furor around the book all but ignores the important question Hewlett raise: How do ambitious women balance work, marriage and children? ...Hewlett's solution is a provocative one... Her idea is both bold and shrewd' Susan Chira, New York Times 'Rare, well-publicised success stories are fooling an entire generation of women into believing they can outwit their biological clocks... If women are to combine work and children successfully, they have to start planning their private lives with the same ruthlessness as their careers.' Sarah Baxter, The Times 'What makes the book so powerful is the regret and anger that so many of these women express... Baby Hunger asks difficult and timely questions.' Management Today