Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home

ISBN-10: 0520256573

ISBN-13: 9780520256576

Edition: 2008

Authors: Pamela Stone

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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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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 310
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Pamela Stoneis Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Dream Team
Family Matters
Home Alone
Gilded Cages
The Choice Gap
Half-Full, Half-Empty
Mothers of Re-Invention
Cocooning: The Drift to Domesticity
Dreams and Visions: Getting There
Study Methodology
Notes
References
Index
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