Equal Partners: Improving Gender Equality at Home

St. Martin’s. Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781250276117. $29.99. SOC SCI
Gender expert Mangino provides an informative examination of gender inequality in American households, plus practical solutions. Her focus is on gender norms and the social aspects of inequality rather than on structural policy issues that contribute to the problem. The book is divided into three sections, with the first two detailing background information on gender inequality and profiling 40 men who act as equal partners in their households. In the third section of the book, Mangino uses a questioning, interactive approach to ask readers to create an action plan for change that applies the lessons learned through the book’s statistics, talking points, guided lists, scenarios, stories, and interviews. The book includes examples from a variety of household types and includes discussion of the effects of race, sexual orientation, and having children on gender inequality. Mangino also addresses the importance of family and community support. Her research is apparent through the many references throughout the text as well as in the supplemental additional resources list and chapter notes. The book includes a gender glossary and index.
VERDICT An important purchase that will provide a variety of readers with an informative and actionable understanding of gender inequality in the United States today.
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