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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pamela Stone Narrator: Pamela Cronin Publisher: Caravan Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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With insight and compassion, Pamela Stone shows convincingly that, far from representing a return to tradition, the decision of some women to relinquish high-powered careers is a reluctant and conflict-ridden response to the growing mismatch between privatized families and time-demanding jobs. By charting the institutional obstacles and cultural pressures that continue to leave even the most advantaged women facing impossible options, Opting Out? gets beneath the hype and offers the real story behind the misleading headlines.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ambica Rajagopal | 1/19/2014

    " sociological study of women (white, affluent, advanced degree) who have chosen to leave the workforce after a succcessful run... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Scott | 1/2/2014

    " As a former professional now staying home to be with my children, I very much enjoyed Stone's profiles of similar women in similar situations. I did not always agree with her analysis, but found it very gratifying to see women like myself studied in such a way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/11/2013

    " Kind of (really) frightening, actually. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosemarie | 12/5/2013

    " Interesting to read. The women were in much higher positions than me but faced similar problems -- not everyone can just hire a nanny and call it a day! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kristy | 9/23/2013

    " not considering "opting-out" myself, but i'm a bit obsessed with the topic of work-family balance. very interesting study and i'm on board with her basic conclusions, but at times i found myself skeptical of the author's reading into the subjects' statements. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisha Pruis | 2/20/2013

    " I didn't finish this book, but what I did read really made sense. The author completely picks apart the "new traditionalism" arguement. Very much worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 courtney | 1/18/2013

    " Interesting study of affluent, highly-educated women who "decide" to leave their careers and stay at home. I was mostly just horrified at how even the most privileged, successful women in prestigious careers are so weirdly constrained by gender in the workplace and at home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rami | 12/2/2012

    " Well, the book was certainly one sided, but that's just because of what the author chose to write about, so I can't really fault her for that. Still, it was a bit depressing for someone who just landed her first professional job and has a baby arriving in three months. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 8/3/2012

    " some good new stuff in here but some of the stuff i already knew, so i figure most family sociologists already knew it too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mari | 7/4/2012

    " I enjoyed this book though I found some chapters redundant. However for a large book it reads fast, and I expect I will reread it again eventually. I found the topic engrossing and would recommend it for a book club with feminist interests or work/family life interests. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 6/6/2012

    " This book was interesting, but I found it really hard to relate to. It was very much a look at how the other half lives, and I can't imagine living with the kind of economic privilege that could allow me to drop out of the workforce for several years or the rest of my life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 7/20/2011

    " Interesting read so far if only to focus on a cohort of generally priviliged women. Most cannot afford the luxury of "opting out." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/24/2011

    " very pertinent book for women and men who are concerned about the challenge of balancing family with careers. a topic that many of my friends are dealing with now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/24/2011

    " Kind of (really) frightening, actually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mari | 1/8/2011

    " I enjoyed this book though I found some chapters redundant. However for a large book it reads fast, and I expect I will reread it again eventually. I found the topic engrossing and would recommend it for a book club with feminist interests or work/family life interests. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 10/23/2010

    " some good new stuff in here but some of the stuff i already knew, so i figure most family sociologists already knew it too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 julien | 7/23/2010

    " thought it would be speak to me more than it did "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 1/29/2009

    " Interesting read so far if only to focus on a cohort of generally priviliged women. Most cannot afford the luxury of "opting out." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisha | 10/19/2008

    " I didn't finish this book, but what I did read really made sense. The author completely picks apart the "new traditionalism" arguement. Very much worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/21/2008

    " very pertinent book for women and men who are concerned about the challenge of balancing family with careers. a topic that many of my friends are dealing with now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rami | 12/27/2007

    " Well, the book was certainly one sided, but that's just because of what the author chose to write about, so I can't really fault her for that. Still, it was a bit depressing for someone who just landed her first professional job and has a baby arriving in three months. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ambica | 9/25/2007

    " sociological study of women (white, affluent, advanced degree) who have chosen to leave the workforce after a succcessful run... "

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