Women who opt out : the debate over working mothers and work-family balance / edited by Bernie D. Jones. - New York : NYU Press, 2012. - 1 online resource (xii, 199 pages) : illustrations - JSTOR eBooks .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Preface -- "Opting out" : women's history and feminist legal theory -- Introduction: women, work and motherhood in American history / Bernie D. Jones -- Is "opting out" for real? -- The rhetoric and reality of "opting out" : toward a better understanding of professional women's decisions to head home / Pamela Stone and Lisa Ackerly Hernandez -- The real "opt-out revolution" and a new model of flexible careers / Kerstin Aumann and Ellen Galinsky -- Can all women "opt in" before they "opt out?" -- "Opting in" to full labor force participation in hourly jobs / Susan J. Lambert -- The challenges to and consequences of "opting out" for low-wage, new mothers / Maureen Perry-Jenkins -- The future of family caregiving : the value of work-family strategies that benefit both : care consumers and paid care workers / Peggie R. Smith -- Care work and women's employment : a comparative perspective / JoyaMisra -- Conclusion -- The opt out revolution revisited / Joan C. Williams & Jamie Dolkas -- Bibliography -- About the contributors -- Index.

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 poi.

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22573/ctt8jwxgc JSTOR

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

HQ759.48 / .W65 2012