Starr - posted on 10/09/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
Recently, the Opting Out debate was revisited in the Washington Post and I couldn't help but add my own two cents: http://suburbtopia.blogspot.com/2009/10/...
Here is the link to the Washington Post article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con...
But I wanted to bring the topic of Opting Out to this forum because I am curious as to how women of different backgrounds feel about this issue. I work in IT and love my job and of course being a Mama. I always go back and forth with the decision of whether to stay put or be a sahm.
However, I don't want this to turn into a "working Mom versus stay at home Mom" debate! We, as Moms, are all super awesome regardless of whether we choose to work in the market or at home. :)
I do a lot of graduate work on family policy and so I am very curious to hear what people have to say about topics like Opting Out and work/family balance. My questions are thus:
Do you see a trend of Opting Out amongst working Moms and is the notion of Opting Out really as bad as some radical feminists say? Is the real issue the lack of family friendly policy, like paid maternity leave etc in the workplace?
Thank you for your thoughts!