Dr. Bitch, one of my favorite bloggers, points to this article that debunks the myth of women ‘opting’ out of the workplace. Too often, this debate ends up in a slanging match between moms who work and moms who don’t, and competition as to which is better, or how educated moms are “wasting” their brains. The other position is that its a “choice” that people make.
There is more to it than that ofcourse. In the world that we live in, it would be interesting to see how many men “make this choice”. Also ofcourse, there are issues of class involved. I am not sure my maid gets to make this choice. So, then, much of this myth is based on the assumption that many women can afford to make that choice. Most working-class families ofcourse cannot.
Nor do many women, even, ‘want’ to make that choice. As the article argues, inflexible work policies and a poor understanding of how empowering employees can help a business, often push women into leaving, or taking up less challenging, and less paying jobs.
The article says it much better than I ever could, so read on here…
(Note, while the perspective is from the Western world, a lot of it applies to the Indian market too…)