Magazine November 1, 2021, Issue

The Limits of Corporate Feminism

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Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey toward Equity, by Claudia Goldin (Princeton University Press, 344 pp., $27.95)

Ever since its 1970s heyday, feminism has been in a co-dependent relationship with capitalism. Marxist-influenced ra­d­­icals may have wanted to smash the entire system and build a matriarchal-socialist utopia in its place. But a more prominent, and ultimately trium­phant, sister-cadre looked at the economic order around them and wanted to lean in — and lean in hard. They went to business school and law school, rose to partner, pitched Silicon Valley venture-capital big shots, got tenure, and took over the C-Suite at major media companies. Capitalists were happy; they had a large pool of talented new workers. And to an

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This article appears as “Women in the Workforce” in the November 1, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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