Why we can't sleep : women's new midlife crisis

Why we can't sleep : women's new midlife crisis
Calhoun, Ada
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  • Published: 2020
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When Ada Calhoun found herself in the throes of a midlife crisis, she thought that she had no right to complain. She was married with children and had a good career. So why did she feel miserable? And why did it seem that the women around her were miserable, too? Calhoun decided to find some answers. She looked into housing costs, HR trends, credit card debt averages and divorce data. At every turn, she saw a pattern - sandwiched between the Boomers and the Millennials, Gen X women were facing new problems as they entered middle age, problems that were largely overlooked. Speaking with women across America about their experiences as the generation raised to 'have it all,' Calhoun found that most were exhausted, terrified about money, under-employed, and overwhelmed. Instead of being heard, they were told instead to lean in, take 'me-time', or make a chore chart to get their lives and homes in order. In Why We Can't Sleep, Calhoun opens up the cultural and political contexts of this predicament and offers solutions for how to pull oneself out of the abyss-and keep the next generation of women from falling in. The result is reassuring, empowering and essential reading for all middle-aged women, and anyone who hopes to understand them.

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Middle-aged women--Conduct of life.
Middle-aged women--Psychology.
Women--Social life and customs--21st century.


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9781922268419 (paperback)

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Calhoun, Ada,


Why we can't sleep : women's new midlife crisis / Ada Calhoun.

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Why we cannot sleep

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Melbourne, Vic. : Text Publishing, 2020.

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x, 267 pages ; 24 cm.

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Subject term:

Middle-aged women--Conduct of life.

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Middle-aged women--Psychology.

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Women--Social life and customs--21st century.

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