Women: Second Wind

Nobody is more noisily dissatisfied these days than that symbol of stability—the fortyish housewife with teenage children and a reasonably successful husband. Books are written about her problems, letters columns are filled with her complaints. What does she want? She wants to go back to work, or to take special courses so she can get what she calls "a real job."

The traditional job for middle-aged Mother—helping out at the charity headquarters, pitching in for the hospital drive, clerking for pin money at the local dress shop—is less and less attractive to the restless new breed of American woman, educated...

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