Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity From A Consumer Culture
By Shannon Hayes
Radical Homemakers uncovers a hidden revolution quietly taking hold across the United States. It is the story of pioneering men and women who are redefining feminism and the good life by adhering to simple principles of ecological sustainability, social justice, community engagement and family well-being. It explores the values, skills, motivations, accomplishments, power, challenges, joy and creative fulfillment of Americans who are endeavoring to change the world by first reclaiming control of home and hearth.
“Imagine women with masters degrees and PhDs who choose home over career advancement. Imagine wives (and husbands) who reject the false promise of endless paid labor to tend gardens and children and friendships. In a time when Wall Street MBAs-producing nothing of value but rewarded with million-dollar bonuses and blinded by greed-have driven our country to bankruptcy and despair, Shannon Hayes’ stories of women and men who choose simplicity, authenticity and community inspire hope. Outside the boxes of both conservatives and liberals, this book is radical thinking at its best. Read it and think.” -John de Graaf, coauthor of Affluenza and director of Take Back Your Time
“Brilliant, visionary, and practical. This is a mind-bending book that will forever change your view of human possibility and compel you to rethink your life. My highest recommendation.” -David Korten, author of Agenda for a New Economy and The Great Turning, and board chair of YES! magazine
Radical Homemakers will become a bible for those seeking to make their lives more manageable, safe, and deeply fulfilling.” -Vicki Robin, coauthor of Your Money or Your Life and host of yourmoneyoryourlife.info
“The world is moving towards a tougher period, when the relative ease and luxury we’ve known will be tested. But that test can deepen our family and community lives, as Shannon Hayes shows, providing more of us-of both genders-become homemakers.” -Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
“No lives of quiet desperation here: rejecting outmoded, inauthentic and toxic societal practices, Shannon and her peers do nothing less than redesign the work-life-success paradigm. Breathtaking, scholarly, passionate and inspiring.” -Holly Hickman, Radical Homemaker, former Fox News Radio reporter and creator of SustainableSuppers.com
“…a thought-altering thesis that puts a new perspective on the feminist movement and women’s rights.” – John Rensenbrink, Green Horizon Magazine, www.green-horizon.org
Tell your story!
Would you consider yourself a Radical Homemaker? Please considering visiting my other website, radicalhomemakers.com, and posting your story under the section marked "share your story." Readers from all over the world who are considering this life path need to hear from the veterans who have made it work. Adding your voice will help to make the movement stronger, and will give others courage to make changes. Thank you!