"Brilliant reportage, with all the details in place—a stunning debut."
"[Faludi] debunks the generalizations of 'trend journalism' with firsthand reporting and precise statistics, and the result is wholly convincing."
"The backlash against women is real. This is the book we need to help us understand it, to struggle through the battle fatigue, and to keep going."
"Faludi, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Wall Street Journal, marshals in a sustained and excoriating 500-plus pages what many thoughtful women already know: it isn't that the goals of the feminist movement have failed, but that they have not yet been tried. Placing the current backlash against women squarely in a historical context (in the 19th century so-called experts told women that education would atrophy their wombs), she debunks the shoddy scholarship and half-truths that produced the myths we hear today: that women are fleeing the workplace to stay home and 'cocoon'; that their chances of marrying diminish greatly if they don't marry young; that their lack of advancement is their own fault. She argues that women's anger and resentment are not due to their feminism, but occur because women have not yet been the beneficiaries of the justice, fairness, and equity they deserve. . . . This is most important book."
"Withering commentary . . . This eloquent, brilliantly argued book should be read by everyone concerned with gender equality."
"Backlash is the right book at exactly the right time . . . This trenchant, passoinate, and lively book should be an eye-opener even for feminists who thought they understood what has been going on."
"Winner of the National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction, this controversial, thought-provoking, and timely book is as groundbreaking as Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex and Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique."