Moms Taking the Career Off-Ramp
The first time I visited my husband’s home state of Texas, I was baffled by the roads running parallel to every major highway. Imagine building two of the exact same road right next to each other, one with six lanes, one with two, one moving quickly, one not as quickly. He explained that they’re called Access Roads, which led to a discussion about Congress and pork barrel spending…
Fast forward to today when I participated in yet another discussion about stay-at-home moms vs. work-at-home moms vs. working away from home moms vs. women who call themselves DINKS (dual income no kids). It appears that the Mommy Wars have expanded to include women who do not have children. Great.
While much of the chat replayed the same old points with references to Betty Friedan, vajayjays and women clawing their way to the top by climbing over one another, an interesting point was made that with more educated, professional women than ever off-ramping to stay home with their children, the movement to advance women in the work place has been set back twenty or thirty years because of the number of women who have to “start over” to return to work. They’ve exited the main highway and went home to their suburban cul-de-sacs, making the journey back to the fast paced professional road a tough one.
Only I disagree.
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