Jones, Bernie D.

Women Who Opt Out : The Debate Over Working Mothers and Work-Family Balance - 1 - New York : NYU Press, 2012. - 1 online resource (212 p.) - eBooks on Demand .

Cover; Contents; Preface; PART I. "Opting Out": Women's History and Feminist Legal Theory; Introduction: Women, Work, and Motherhood in American History; PART II. Is "Opting Out" for Real?; 1 The Rhetoric and Reality of "Opting Out": Toward a Better Understanding of Professional Women's Decisions to Head Home; 2 The Real "Opt-Out Revolution" and a New Model of Flexible Careers; PART III. Can All Women "Opt In" before They "Opt Out"?; 3 "Opting In" to Full Labor Force Participation in Hourly Jobs; 4 The Challenges to and Consequences of "Opting Out" for Low-Wage, New Mothers 5 The Future of Family Caregiving: The Value of Work-Family Strategies That Benefit Both Care Consumers and Paid Care Workers6 Care Work and Women's Employment: A Comparative Perspective; PART IV. Conclusion; 7 The Opt-Out Revolution Revisited; Bibliography; About the Contributors; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y

In a much-publicized and much-maligned 2003 New York Times article, "The Opt-Out Revolution," the journalist Lisa Belkin made the controversial argument that highly educated women who enter the workplace tend to leave upon marrying and having children. Women Who Opt Out is a collection of original essays by the leading scholars in the field of work and family research, which takes a multi-disciplinary approach in questioning the basic thesis of "the opt-out revolution." The contributors illustrate that the desire to balance both work and family demands continues to be a point of unresolved concern for families and employers alike and women''s equity within the workforce still falls behind. Ultimately, they persuasively make the case that most women who leave the workplace are being pushed out by a work environment that is hostile to women, hostile to children, and hostile to the demands of family caregiving, and that small changes in outdated workplace policies regarding scheduling, flexibility, telecommuting and mandatory overtime can lead to important benefits for workers and employers alike.

9780814745052 89.00 (NL)


Feminism -- United States -- History.
Sex discrimination in employment -- United States.
Wages -- Working mothers -- United States.
Women’s rights -- United States.
Working mothers -- United States.


Electronic books.

HQ759.48 .W65 2012

331.4/40973