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She Works/He Works

She Works/He Works

How Two-Income Families Are Happy, Healthy, and Thriving

Rosalind C. Barnett, Caryl Rivers

ISBN 9780674805958

Publication date: 10/15/1998

Readable and challenging, this four-year study of three hundred middle-class and working-class couples debunks the myth of the overwrought working mother with her insensitive husband and neglected children. Drawing on extensive cross-disciplinary research, Rosalind Barnett and Caryl Rivers argue that “collaborative couples,” busy as they are, thrive in their diverse roles, and inspire competence and confidence in their children.


  • A wonderful antidote to all the books peddling guilt to the two-worker family. It’s good common sense for the 1990s—bound to make you feel better.

    —Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe


  • Rosalind C. Barnett is Senior Scholar in Residence at the Murray Research Center at Radcliffe College.
  • Caryl Rivers is Professor of Journalism at Boston University.

Book Details

  • 272 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press