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Glass Ceilings and 100-hour Couples

What The Opt-out Phenomenon Can Teach Us About Work And Family

By Karine S Moe

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. Glass Ceilings and 100-Hour Couples is the fruit of their investigation—a rigorous, accessible, and sympathetic reckoning with this hot-button issue in contemporary life.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews from around the country, original survey research, and national labor force data, Moe and Shandy refocus the discussion of women who opt out from one where they are the object of scrutiny to one where their aspirations and struggles tell us about the far broader swath of American women who continue to juggle paid work and family. Moe and Shandy examine the many pressures that influence a woman’s decision to resign, reduce, or reorient her career. These include the mismatch between child-care options and workplace demands, the fact that these women married men with demanding careers, the professionalization of stay-at-home motherhood, and broad failures in public policy. But Moe and Shandy are equally attentive to the resilience of women in the face of life decisions that might otherwise threaten their sense of self-worth. Moe and Shandy find, for instance, that women who have downsized their careers stress the value of social networks—of “running with a pack of smart women” who’ve also chosen to emphasize motherhood over paid work.

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Format: Book
Author: Moe, Karine S
Title: Glass ceilings and 100-hour couples : what the opt-out phenomenon can teach us about work and family / Karine Moe and Dianna Shandy.
Publisher Date: Athens : University of Georgia Press, c2010.
Subject: Work and family -- United States Working mothers -- United States Stay-at-home mothers -- United States. Women -- Employment -- United States Dual-career families -- United States Glass ceiling (Employment discrimination) -- United States.
Isbn: 0820334049 (pbk. : alk. paper) 9780820331546 (cloth : alk. paper) 0820331546 (pbk. : alk. paper) 9780820334042 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: Moe, Karine S.
Title: Glass ceilings and 100-hour couples : what the opt-out phenomenon can teach us about work and family / Karine Moe and Dianna Shandy.
Publisher, Date: Athens : University of Georgia Press, c2010.
Description: xiv, 215 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Work and family -- United States
Subjects: Working mothers -- United States
Subjects: Stay-at-home mothers -- United States.
Subjects: Women -- Employment -- United States
Subjects: Dual-career families -- United States
Subjects: Glass ceiling (Employment discrimination) -- United States.
Other Author: Shandy, Dianna J.
Other Title: Glass ceilings & 100-hour couples
Other Title: Glass ceilings and one hundred-hour couples
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Numbers too big to ignore -- Why opting out is an everywoman issue -- The 100-hour couple -- Glass ceilings and maternal walls -- Second shift redux -- Child care dilemmas -- Mama time -- The hectic household -- The professionalization of at-home motherhood -- Financial costs -- Negotiating without a paycheck -- Reigniting the career -- Creative strategies for making work "work" -- Coming of age in America.
LCCN: 2009017227
ISBN: 0820334049 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780820331546 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0820331546 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780820334042 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 650.1 Moe