18 Years Ago In TIME

In a 1987 report on WOMEN AND RELATIONSHIPS, the issue was not a change in midlife but how to parse the present.

Unfortunately, today's "new woman" is too often contending with the same old man. Women continue to do the lion's share of the housekeeping, child care and cooking, even in households where both partners work ... Women are finding that they cannot have it all: they are staggering under the burden of trying to be all things to all people--the nurturing parent, the successful careerist, the sexual athlete. Now they are asking men to play all these roles too. Can this...

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