Glass Ceilings and 100-Hour Couples: What the Opt-Out Phenomenon Can Teach Us about Work and Family

Glass Ceilings and 100-Hour Couples: What the Opt-Out Phenomenon Can Teach Us about Work and Family

by Karine Moe, Dianna Shandy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820331546

ISBN-13: 9780820331546

Pub. Date: 10/15/2009

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

When significant numbers of college-educated American women began, in the early twenty-first century, to leave paid work to become stay-at-home mothers, an emotionally charged national debate erupted. Karine Moe and Dianna Shandy, a professional economist and an anthropologist, respectively, decided to step back from the sometimes overheated rhetoric around the

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Overview

When significant numbers of college-educated American women began, in the early twenty-first century, to leave paid work to become stay-at-home mothers, an emotionally charged national debate erupted. Karine Moe and Dianna Shandy, a professional economist and an anthropologist, respectively, decided to step back from the sometimes overheated rhetoric around the so-called mommy wars. They wondered what really inspired women to opt out, and they wanted to gauge the phenomenon's genuine repercussions. Drawing on hundreds of interviews from around the country, original survey research, and national labor force data, Glass Ceilings and 100-Hour Couples is a rigorous, accessible, and sympathetic reckoning with this hot-button issue in contemporary life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820331546
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 Numbers Too Big to Ignore 11

2 Why Opting Out Is an Everywoman Issue 21

3 The 100-HourCouple 35

4 Glass Ceilings and Maternal Walls 45

5 Second Shift Redux 61

6 Child Care Dilemmas 72

7 MamaTime 83

8 The Hectic Household 97

9 The Professionalization of At-Home Motherhood 114

10 Financial Costs 127

11 Negotiatingwithout a Paycheck 139

12 Reigniting the Career 149

13 Creative Strategies for Making Work "Work" 163

14 Coming of Age in America 173

Notes 183

Bibliography 197

Index 205

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