04.22.13 Career & Finances

Leslie Bennetts Talks Finances & Femininity

BY The Conversation Team

Leslie Bennetts

“It’s all prince charming, it’s all the man is going to come in and basically save you and the trouble is that’s where the story ends.”

Amanda sits down with Leslie Bennetts, author of The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much? and contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Before working at Vanity Fair, Bennetts was a reporter for 10 years at the New York Times, covering national politics, cultural news, metropolitan news, City Hall, and contributed to the Style section. As a mother, wife and accomplished career woman, Leslie tackles the embedded cultural expectations and limitations that women continue to face, and addresses the impact of childhood fairytales and the notion of prince charming.

What are your biggest fears when it comes to finances and femininity? What challenges have you encountered and how have you overcome them?

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  • Carlie

    Reading Leslie’s book at the moment and loving the light bulb moments I am having. I have always struggled internally with motherhood vs career, not wanting to be dependent on anyone in case it all falls apart as well as needing external stimulation and a separate identity from mother and wife. Thanks for putting my thoughts into words. LOVE YOUR WORK LESLIE!

  • leslie’s book was a game changer for me ..Everytime I read it I learn something new ..

  • dute

    at first i thought this was a new interview and got so happy, but turns out to be just a piece from an old one. i’ve watched them a lot of times, they changed my life in a way. please do more video interviews, i need those stories in my life

    • We will have more for you starting this weekend right here !

    • dute

      great news!

  • Paula

    Hi Amanda,
    I am soo glad to hear there will new interviews very soon!!!
    Can’t wait, woo hoo!!!!!!!!

  • SusanneNYC

    An important aspect in women being able to take care of themselves is education. It is a key factor in women overcoming poverty, abuse and dependence on men. So while we should not only focus on teaching girls that the solution doesn’t lie in a Prince Charming taking care of them, we need to also emphasize and encourage girls to acquire the mental tools and skills to take care of themselves through education.

    • Olga

      wes,thanks for your comment.

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