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WSJ. asks six luminaries to weigh in on a single topic. This month: Status quo
“I grew up with all these contradictory messages when it came to the status quo and how it related to the lives of girls and women. My mother was an active feminist in her reading and the things she said to us, and yet in her daily life she was a traditional wife—she married in the ’50s and was still living in the ’50s in the ’90s. I adored my dad, but I don’t believe he ever boiled an egg. So that question—what is the status quo?—was always fairly complicated. Certainly, they were specific concerns in my novel The Woman Upstairs, in terms of Nora’s desire to be an artist and the ways in which all...