Leslie Bennetts talks about The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?.
Renowned Vanity Fair journalist Bennetts rekindles the debate over women's life choices with a new book that redefines the work-family question. She offers a persuasive argument that women can - and should - make more than one kind of mark on the world- Book Passage
Leslie Bennetts has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1988, writing on subjects that have ranged from movie stars to priest pedophilia, industrial pollution and U.S. anti-terrorism policy.
Her 2005 cover story on Jennifer Aniston was the best-selling issue in the magazine's history to date, and the People magazine cover story about Bennetts' interview with Aniston was the best-selling issue in the history of People.
Prior to joining Vanity Fair, Bennetts spent fifteen years as a newspaper reporter. She started covering so-called "women's issues" at The Philadelphia Bulletin in the early 1970's, and has continued to write about women, marriage, families and parenting ever since.
After five years at The Bulletin, where she won many awards for writing and reporting, Bennetts moved to The New York Times. During her ten years there, she began as a writer for the Style page and went on to cover national politics, metropolitan news, City Hall, and cultural news. She was the first woman ever to cover a presidential campaign for The Times.
Bennetts has also written for many other magazines, including Town and Country, Columbia Journalism Review, New York Magazine, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, More, House and Garden, Worth, Family Life, Parents, Child, Parenting, The Nation, Womenâ€™s Day, Tango, Modern Bride, and Women's Health.
Author and Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Leslie Bennetts discusses the origins of her book The Feminine Mistake, and examines difficulties faced by women who quit their careers to become stay-at-home mothers.