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

Editor: Jones, Bernie D.
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: New York University Press

Single-User Purchase Price: $75.00
Unlimited-User Purchase Price: $112.50
ISBN: 978-0-8147-4312-6
Category: Social Sciences - Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Image Count: 14
Book Status: Available
Table of Contents

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."

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • PART I. “Opting Out”: Women's History and Feminist Legal Theory
  • Introduction: Women, Work, and Motherhood in American History - Bernie D. Jones
  • 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 - Pamela Stone and Lisa Ackerly Hernandez
  • 2 The Real “Opt-Out Revolution” and a New Model of Flexible Careers - Kerstin Aumann and Ellen Galinsky
  • PART III. Can All Women “Opt In” before They “Opt Out”?
  • 3 “Opting In” to Full Labor Force Participation in Hourly Jobs - Susan J. Lambert
  • 4 The Challenges to and Consequences of “Opting Out” for Low-Wage, New Mothers - Maureen Perry-Jenkins
  • 5 The Future of Family Caregiving: The Value of Work-Family Strategies That Benefit Both Care Consumers and Paid Care Workers - Peggie R. Smith
  • 6 Care Work and Women's Employment: A Comparative Perspective - Joya Misra
  • PART IV. Conclusion
  • 7 The Opt-Out Revolution Revisited - Joan C. Williams and Jamie Dolkas
  • Bibliography
  • About the Contributors