In the early 2000s, the 'Opt-Out Generation', a group of women who were "highly educated, very accomplished, well-paid professionals with high-earning spouses, made headlines for leaving the work force just when they were hitting their stride".
Since that time, the economic landscape and culture of motherhood has altered considerably.
After 10 years and many, many “why women still can’t have it all” debates, Judith Warner wanted to know what happened to the mothers who gave up promising careers in the late 1990s and early 2000s to be home with their children.
"The 22 women I interviewed, for the most part, told me that the perils of leaving the work force were counterbalanced by the pleasures of being able to experience motherhood on their own terms. A certain number of these women — the superelite, you might say, the most well-off, with the highest-value name-brand educational credentials and powerful and well-connected social networks — found jobs easily after extended periods at home. These jobs generally paid less than their previous careers and were less prestigious. But the women found the work more interesting, socially conscious and family-friendly than their old high-powered positions." Read More >