Motherhood on the Brink

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photoThese days, committed American mothers wake up at the crack of dawn so they can spend "quality time" with their children before they head off to demanding jobs, and then stay up late into the night making cupcakes for the school bake sale.

Women are still burning the candle at both ends, and getting scorched, according to Judith Warner. In her new book "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety," she argues women today aren't much better off than their own mothers, and she worries about what's ahead for this generation of daughters.

Hear a conversation with Judith Warner about motherhood on the brink, and American moms' impossible pursuit of perfection.


Judith Warner, author of the new book "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety."

This program aired on February 15, 2005.


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