(As for the higher earners in this story, I don’t think anyone should expect to be able to manage THREE children with both parents working over fifty hours a week– some people need to understand the limits of time):
Where women have made significant strides, for better or worse, is at the lower end of the pay scale and professional spectrum, in areas such as nursing, hairdressing, and middle school teaching, where women wholly dominate men. As reported in the 2009 Shriver Report, fully half of all workers in the United States are now female, and mothers contribute to their family’s earnings in nearly two-thirds of American households. Mothers are the primary breadwinners, in fact, in four out of every ten households; and half of these mothers are single. These are important facts to consider, and complicated to think through. Because what does it really mean to have a household run by a single mother earning, on average, only $36,000 a year? Or to have two working-class parents holding down jobs and struggling to afford day care for their kids? The good news is that millions of women—black, white, Latina, and Asian—are financially independent, working in full- or part-time jobs to support themselves and their families. The bad news, though, is that many of these women are only barely hanging on, operating along the bottom of the social and economic pyramid, where women have long struggled and from which they were supposed to have escaped.
As one of those who opted out, that article made me feel a little guilty. It was interesting though. The reason women have opted out in my particular circle of friends has had nothing/little to do with family responsibilities, and everything to do with alienation from workplace culture, still very male-oriented.
Yes, I totally get that!