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Women, Motherhood and Work: New book by Macalester professors seeks to understand the opt-out phenomenon.

Early this century, when significant numbers of college-educated American women began to leave paid work to become stay-at-home mothers, an emotionally charged national debate erupted. Macalester professors, economist Karine Moe, and anthropologist Dianna Shandy, decided to step back from the sometimes overheated rhetoric around the so-called mommy wars.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews from around the country, original survey research, and national labor force data, Moe and Shandy refocus the discussion of women who opt out from one where they are the object of scrutiny to one where their aspirations and struggles tell us about the far broader swath of American women who continue to juggle paid work and family.


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dianna shandy

Dianna Shandy is a sociocultural anthropologist whose work engages questions related to forced migration; humanitarian and human services interventions; rapid social change; gender; qualitative research methods; and applied social research.

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karine moe

Karine Moe is a labor economist who has research and teaching interests in economic growth, labor and demographic economics and economics of the family.

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In the News

More - This magazine chose Profs. Moe and Shandy's book "Glass Ceilings & 100-Hour Couples" as one of the best new books for working mothers. more

Wall Street Journal - "On Women and Working - A trio of books with advice about getting ahead and finding some peace"

Inside Higher Ed - "Helping Women in 100-Hour Couples"

Star Tribune - "Book explores priorities that prompt moms to opt out"

MPR - "Juggling motherhood in the office and at home"

KARE-11's - "Showcase Minnesota"

Pioneer Press - Reviewed Glass Ceilings and 100 Hour Couples

Villager - "Pressures of the two-income household - Macalester professors get an education in how working women have dealt with the demands of motherhood"

FOX 9 News - Moe and Shandy appeared on the morning news

WCCO-AM radio - Moe and Shandy appeared on the Michele Tafoya Show


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