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Unformatted text preview: 3-20-2008Opting OutOpting Out?•In-depth interviews with 54 elite, professional mothers who dropped out•Most dropped out for work reasons, not family reasons•Not their choicebut a choice gap•Not ‘traditional’ motivationsReasons I: Carework•‘Parenting is still mothering’•Increasing cultural standards of parenting intensity•Belief that mothers’ care is better than professionals’ care•Result: ‘reassessed priorities’•Is this a ‘return to traditionalism?’Reasons I I: Husbands•Deferring to his career•High earnings made ‘choice’ reasonable•Husbands supported quitoDidn’t offer alternativeo‘It’s your choice’ = ‘It’s your problem’•New rhetoric of equality, old reality of inequality•Is this a ‘return to traditionalism?’Reasons I I I: Workplace•‘Working like dogs’oHours, pressure, commuteso9/10 cited work reasons•Workplace push combines with family pull•Tried to find part-time, flexible alternatives: Noo‘Ideal worker’ is driven by work, not family (and has a wife)...
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- Spring '08
- Sociology, choice gap, FLEXIBILI TY, parenting intensity Belief, work reasons, Intensive parenting reinforces