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Women Who Opt Out : The Debate Over Working Mothers and Work-Family Balance

By: Jones, Bernie D.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : NYU Press, 2012Edition: 1.Description: 1 online resource (212 p.).ISBN: 9780814745052.Subject(s): Feminism -- United States -- History | Sex discrimination in employment -- United States | Wages -- Working mothers -- United States | Women’s rights -- United States | Working mothers -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Women Who Opt Out : The Debate Over Working Mothers and Work-Family BalanceDDC classification: 331.4/40973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
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
Summary: 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.
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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.

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CHOICE Review

These eight papers, originally presented at a 2008 symposium titled "Women and Work: Choices and Constraints," focus upon working mothers who opt out of the workplace voluntarily or are pushed out because of conflict between work and family pressures. Essays in parts 1 and 2 provide a historical account of the changing trends in women's work and motherhood in the US. Essays in parts 3 and 4, based on interviews, adopt a life-span approach and examine the rhetoric and reality of professional women's decisions to opt out of the workforce, and look at career patterns and gender roles at work and at home. More importantly, the contributing authors discuss how race, class, and gender determine women's workplace participation and explore the challenges facing women in balancing work-family demands. Furthermore, they highlight the constraints encountered by middle- and working-class women who have child- and elder-care responsibilities. The concluding chapter argues, within the context of the work-family conflict, in favor of workplace policies such as paid maternity leave and on-site child care. This timely book is a significant contribution to the sociology of family and work and gender roles. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. A. Chekki emeritus, University of Winnipeg

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