Esther Greenberg’s concerns about marriage can be partially attributed to her witnessing the tribulations of the married women in her life. Esther fears that if she were to get married she would become an overworked housewife and spend her days cooking, cleaning, and caring for everyone accept herself. The author states, “I knew that’s what marriage...
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...tween settling down and raising a family, or going against societal pressures and pursuing a career. Esther felt that the last thing she wanted was to get married and be subject to the monotony of marriage as she had seen in the marriages around her. In the time since this book was written there have been great advances in the empowerment of women and now women can pursue their dreams without society dictating how they live their lives.
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