Opting Out?: Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, 2007 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 314 pages
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Noting a phenomenon that might seem to recall a previous era, The New York Times Magazine recently portrayed women who leave their careers in order to become full-time mothers as "opting out." But, are high-achieving professional women really choosing to abandon their careers in order to return home? This provocative study is the first to tackle this issue from the perspective of the women themselves. Based on a series of candid, in-depth interviews with women who returned home after working as doctors, lawyers, bankers, scientists, and other professions, Pamela Stone explores the role that their husbands, children, and coworkers play in their decision; how women s efforts to construct new lives and new identities unfold once they are home; and where their aspirations and plans for the future lie. What we learn contrary to many media perceptions is that these high-flying women are not opting out but are instead being pushed out of the workplace. Drawing on their experiences, Stone outlines concrete ideas for redesigning workplaces to make it easier for women and men to attain their goal of living rewarding lives that combine both families and careers."
  

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Review: Opting Out?: Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home

User Review  - Whitney - Goodreads

I really wanted to like this book more. While I feel as if I now understand many of the various aspects of "opting out" more clearly, this book took me over a year to finish. I read the first half of ... Read full review

Review: Opting Out?: Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home

User Review  - Ciara - Goodreads

this is an academic look at why highly-educated, successful, professional women drop out of the workforce upon having children. it's like a riff on lisa belkin's famous "new york times" magazine piece ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Dream Team
21
Family Matters
40
Home Alone
60
Gilded Cages
80
The Choice Gap
105
HalfFull HalfEmpty
132
Mothers of ReInvention
155
Cocooning The Drift to Domesticity
181
Dreams and Visions Getting There
207
Study Methodology
239
Notes
257
References
277
Index
287
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About the author (2007)

Pamela Stone is Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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