Tracy - posted on 01/06/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )
I guess I'm not looking for knee-jerk pro-woman feminist answers but really thought out ones. There was a question of "DO YOU FEEL YOUR DEGREE WAS WASTED BY BECOMING A SAHM?" The challenges many of us face as moms trying to be in the workforce: time off or added daycare costs for colds, school breaks, etc...all the little things related to having children - women are the ones to mostly handle these situations even if they have a loving and involved partner. Or many of us become stay-at-home moms because of either family preferences or sometimes it's just simply financially beneficial to be home instead of working.
So, what I'm trying to ask is that all the familial responsibilities a woman faces can easily make her a less desirable employee over a man who has a wife to handle his family and therefore free him up to be a more dedicated employee (granted, traditional roles are shifting, but the majority of us still face traditional family roles). Is it a better investment for men to get a college degree to support a family than it is for a woman? I know there is often a lot to a degree that isn't financial, such as personal growth and social capital, but my question is mostly towards the financial investment because it's a substantial cost. Do we propagate a falsehood that, despite all the advances women have made, it's still not beneficial (financially) for a female to receive higher education? What about the case of single moms - are they able to actually provide better for themselves and children WITH a degree (presuming loan payback that many of us face) or without a degree? There is a lot of factors to take into account with this question and I know it's complicated.
(Much of my question comes from the fact that women make up the majority of student populations across the country yet they make up a proportionally smaller degree of the workforce - let alone higher paying jobs. Women are, by a vast majority, working in low wage jobs, part time jobs, or even leave the workforce altogether. Such a disparity between education and employment is the basis of my question)