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Hard Choices How Women Decide About Work, Career, and Motherhood

by Kathleen Gerson

  • ISBN: 9780520057456
  • ISBN10: 0520057457

Hard Choices How Women Decide About Work, Career, and Motherhood

by Kathleen Gerson

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr
  • Publish date: 06/01/1986
  • ISBN: 9780520057456
  • ISBN10: 0520057457
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Description: List of Figures List of Tables Preface Acknowledgments I Womens Work and Family Decisions: The "Subtle Revolution" in Historical Perspective Changing Work and Family Patterns Cohorts and Social Change Alternative Paths in Adult Development 2 Explaining Womens Behavior: A Theoretical Overview The Structural Coercion Approach The Voluntarist Approach A Developmental Approach 3 Baselines Childhood Socialization Starting Points Ambivalence and Change 4 Veering Away from Domesticity Rising Work Aspirations and Family Ambivalence Conclusion 5 Veering Toward Domesticity Declining Work Aspirations and the Home as a Haven Comparing Domestic and Nondomestic Groups Stability and Change in Adulthood Conclusion 6 Homemaking Versus Childlessness The Persistence of Domestic Patterns Nondomestic Responses Choosing to Stay Childless 7 Combining Work and Motherhood Reluctant Motherhood Childlessness Versus Reluctant Motherhood Domestic Versus Nondomestic Responses 8 The Changing Contours of Womens Place Development, Choice, and Structured Alternatives The Limits of Socialization, Personality, and Dominance Models Work and Family Structures in Transition Conclusion 9 The Politics of Parenthood The Limits of Change and the Conflict Among Women Gender Equality, Social Policy, and the Role of the State Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C Appendix D Bibliography Index Tables Methodology Sample Characteristics Interview Schedule LIST OF FIGURES 1 Comparisons Between the U.S. Birthrate and the Female Labor Force Participation Rate, 1890-1980 2 Alternative Adult Pathways 3 Alternative Adult Pathways and Future Plans 4 Rates of First Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage for U.S. Women: 1921-1977 5 Real Disposable Income for Workers with Three Dependents, 1947-1979 (in Constant Dollars) List of Tables
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