> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 1 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099548843
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $29.99

Shattered

Modern Motherhood and the Illusion of Equality




A manifesto for achieving a new equality between the sexes in family life, drawing on international research and case studies.

If we live in an age of equality, why are women are still left holding the baby?

At school, university, in the workplace and in relationships, it seems that equality for women is in the bag. But once they have children, this illusion is swiftly shattered.

Becoming a mother is a tremendously rewarding experience, but women still find themselves bearing primary responsibility for bringing up their children, to the detriment of everything else in their lives.
Ranging from antenatal care and maternity leave, to work practices, relationship dynamics and beyond, Shattered exposes the inequalities perpetuated in modern family life by the state, employers and the parenting industry and suggests imaginative ways forward to achieve more balanced and fulfilling lives.
Engaging and provocative, Shattered is a call to arms for a revolution in parenting.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099548843
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Rebecca Asher

Rebecca Asher has worked in television news and current affairs and as the Deputy Editor of Womans Hour and an Executive Producer at BBC Radio 4. Her first book was Shattered: Modern Motherhood and the Illusion of Equality. Her experiences as a mother of both a boy and a girl inspired her to write this book.

Also by Rebecca Asher

See all

Praise for Shattered

“I was utterly gripped. This is powerful stuff. Rebecca Asher's take of the culture of parenting is radical, original and refreshingly spirited, a heartfelt call for change”

Viv Groskop, Daily Telegraph

“Asher is an elegant writer and a lucid thinker... This is a polemical book, stuffed full of research and case studies; yet it is gripping enough to read through the night. It left me fired up with reformist zeal”

Jemima Lewis, Mail on Sunday

“A furious, but immensely articulate, puncturing of the myth that the nirvana of parental equality has been achieved... An intelligent, thoroughly researched and highly readable contribution to a debate that urgently needs to be aired in the corridors of power, as well as through gritted teeth over snatched cups of bitter coffee in baby and toddler groups”

Susan Flockhart, Sunday Herald

“Asher wants a revolution, and her conviction is invigorating... This book should be read by parents and policymakers alike”

Rachel Seiffert, Guardian

“Should be required reading for policy makers and new parents alike... This is the academic counterpart to the roller coaster of emotional experience that forms the basis for books such as Rachel Cusk's A Life's Work”

Rebecca Taylor, Time Out

“Excellent and readable book”

The Economist

“A brilliant and refreshingly honest contribution to the debate on how we raise our children... Asher writes in a way that skilfully pursues a compelling argument and thoughtful solutions in an accessible manner. As such, the book deserves a wide audience”

Professor Tanya Byron

“Her writing on motherhood belongs to the brisk, outward-looking, pamphleteering tradition of Mary Wollstonecraft. Asher does not interrogate herself; she interrogates the world”

New Statesman

“This insightful, thrillingly honest, well-argued and often very funny book should be required reading for all thinking parents and prospective parents... Nothing is as useful as a book that is both heartfelt and intellectually rigorous, and no subject is as important as the way we raise our children. What Asher has achieved here is superb”

Chris Cleave


Related titles