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Opt Out Revolution

Opting Out: Why My Son Will Never Take State Tests

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 07.05.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

His school will receive a zero for my opting him out, which will lower his school's proficiency standings. On one hand, I feel bad that his school is being punished for my decision. But it is not me who is punishing the school: Our government is punishing them.

Hope Perlman: Opted Out or Shut Out?

Hope Perlman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Women
Hope Perlman

I can't help thinking that they didn't want to go back to the same careers they had before because the reasons they left are still inherent in them. Those careers remain incompatible with a reasonably balanced life.

Planning a Career Break? Make Sure It's a Pause, Not a Dent

Joan Williams | Posted 10.19.2013 | Women
Joan Williams

When women leave the workforce, one of three things happens: They get divorced and often plummet into relative poverty; they find it nigh-impossible to get back in; or they find new jobs post-haste and everything is peachy.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 05.15.2014 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

The advice I would give my daughter is not whether or not she should opt-out and then back in when she has children. It's to marry a partner who will fold clothes with her while watching reruns on a Sunday night with nary a complaint.

Why Opting-Out Makes Little Sense

Jennifer Owens | Posted 10.09.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Owens

A decade into working momhood, I'm glad I didn't opt-out. As my career has grown, so has my salary, my influence and my ability to work flexibly.

What Depresses Women? The Choices They Have

Joan Williams | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joan Williams

Having a child is the worst economic decision a woman can make, in part, because workplace discrimination against mothers is the strongest and most open form of gender discrimination.

Can Womenomics Ease the Stress of Work/Life Balance?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

A whopping 87 percent of women would like more equilibrium between the competing areas of their lives. Two professionals have entered the conversation with a new book.

Women May Be Losing Jobs, Too: But They're Different Jobs

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip N. Cohen

There was a strong trend of occupational desegregation, but the pace of that change slowed markedly in the 1990s.

Three Things You Should Know About Women's 'Opt-Out' from Work

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

The latest news in the opt-out wars comes from two Berkeley economists - Jane Leber Herr and Catherine Wolfram - who report on a study of almost 1,000 Harvard graduates at their 15th reunion. Their main finding is that the profession these women went into had big effects on their odds of remaining employed.