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Pearson, Allison

  • By: Sarah B. Garrett
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Born in 1960 in South Wales and educated at the University of Cambridge, Allison Pearson is a columnist for Britain's Daily Mail newspaper. In her popular column, Pearson addresses a wide variety of topics, mixing her particular interest in motherhood, family dynamics, and women in the labor force with attention to popular issues of the day.

Pearson is best known, however, for having authored the best-selling 2002 novel I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, WorkingMother. This novel describes the life of narrator Kate Reddy, a wife, mother of two, and high-powered financial executive, who struggles to keep up with her numerous and competing responsibilities. The storyline follows Reddy between home and work as it plays out across conversations, e-mails ...

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