Book explores priorities that prompt moms to opt out

  • Article by: KATY READ , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 11, 2009 - 6:17 PM

Two Macalester College professors, an economist and an anthropologist, dig deeply into the reasons why women leave the paid workforce in "Glass Ceilings and 100-Hour Couples."

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V313Nov. 12, 0912:57 PM

If a woman wants to survive until retirement and beyond, perhaps not having children might be a better way to go. The older I get, the more I realize not being able to have children is a blessing in disguise. And no, I don't hate children.

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taworne1Nov. 12, 09 1:08 PM

My wife has reduced her hours since we had children and she chose not to apply for a promotion to management because we both think it is important to be an active part of our kid's lives. I am a full time dad and part time college instructor and she is a full professor. We used day care for our first child for four months (at about age 2) and decided that if we thought it was important to have children, then it was important enough for us to actually raise them.

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epbergNov. 12, 09 4:52 PM

The issue is: someone has to raise the children. Parents are best at this, so if you want the best outcome (although not guaranteed) your best bet is to figure out a way for parents, as a team, to raise their own children. Be creative and figure out something--income will be sacrificed but the children are worth every penny not made. Maybe a 37" flat panel TV will suffice instead of a 50 incher.

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swhansberryNov. 12, 0910:52 PM

You don't lose anything to quit work to be with your kids. You lose something when you quit being with your kids to work.

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