07/31/2014 11:30 am ET Updated Jul 31, 2014

The Real Cost of Women Opting Out

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NEW YORK – When Christine Ryan Jyoti had her first child seven years ago, she decided to stay home with her daughter instead of returning to her full-time job handling communications for a nonprofit in the District of Columbia. “I didn’t feel I could give 100 percent to my job with a new baby, and I wanted to spend as much time at home with her as possible. Plus, my job required travel, and I wasn’t comfortable leaving her at such a young age,” she says. A couple years later, she gave birth to her son and continued to embrace the stay-at-home mom life. Then, once her son began preschool two years ago, she wanted to start working again, but on her own terms.

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