By now, we've all heard about - and sick to death of - the 2004 New York Times Magazine's cover story "The Opt-Out Revolution" that claimed that America's most educated women are choosing motherhood over careers. In fact, "opting out," "off-ramping" and "getting on the mommy track" have all become part of the popular lexicon to describe women who leave their jobs to stay at home with children.
Speaking from the vantage point of someone who is both a parent and a feminist activist, author Amy Richards in Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself, addresses the anxiety over parenting that women face today. Should they stay home or go to work? Can they do both? And do it well?
Amy also covers topics that concern women facing motherhood - the truth about biological clocks and the trends toward extending fertility, parenting with nature and nurturing in mind, our relationship with our mothers, the role of fathers in parenting, and what feminism’s relationship to motherhood is.
This summer as the kids play by the pool - or as you take your lunch break at the office - grab a quiet spot and dig into Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself with MOTHERS.
To read an excerpt of Opting In, go to The Drive to Procreate: Reexamining the Biological Clock at Feminist.com.