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Unformatted text preview: 3-20-2008Opting OutOpting Out?In-depth interviews with 54 elite, professional mothers who dropped outMost dropped out for work reasons, not family reasonsNot their choicebut a choice gapNot traditional motivationsReasons I: CareworkParenting is still motheringIncreasing cultural standards of parenting intensityBelief that mothers care is better than professionals careResult: reassessed prioritiesIs this a return to traditionalism?Reasons I I: HusbandsDeferring to his careerHigh earnings made choice reasonableHusbands supported quitoDidnt offer alternativeoIts your choice = Its your problemNew rhetoric of equality, old reality of inequalityIs this a return to traditionalism?Reasons I I I: WorkplaceWorking like dogsoHours, pressure, commuteso9/10 cited work reasonsWorkplace push combines with family pullTried to find part-time, flexible alternatives: NooIdeal worker is driven by work, not family (and has a wife)...
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- Spring '08