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Saturday, March 31, 2012

In this excerpt from "Manning Up," Kay S. Hymowitz gives background on modern belief that work can be enriching in, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Businesswomen." In the first part of the chapter, she makes the case that in the past, work failed to utilize both men and women's capabilities.

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Young women of the New Girl Order are not the first in history to move to the city to find work. More than a century ago, single young women in the United States worked at first mostly as domestics, though some were lucky enough to become dressmakers, salesgirls, and clerks. To modern ears, these jobs sound dreary, but for young women who had left their farms or small towns, the city offered excitement, freedom, and new sorts of consumer pleasure as well as a salary.

Excerpted with permission from "Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys," by Kay S. Hymowitz.  Available from Basic Books, a member of The Perseus Books Group.  Copyright 2011.


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Kay S. Hymowitz is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to City Journal and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and New Republic. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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