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Single by Chance, Mothers by ChoiceHow Women are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family$
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Rosanna Hertz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179903.001.0001

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Downshifting careers while financing motherhood

Downshifting careers while financing motherhood

Relying on the Gift-Giver, the Roommate, and the Careworker

(p.158) 8 Downshifting careers while financing motherhood
Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice

Rosanna Hertz

Oxford University Press

Nothing is more salient for these women on a daily basis than the drama between work and family. This chapter illustrates how women streamline their employment to finance their mother time, sometimes turning to other resources when their paychecks do not suffice. But all women rely on good child care to make employment possible. Counting on their alliances with child care providers, women form a long-term relationship with these individuals, enlisting them in their one-woman struggle against the American work-family dilemma.

Keywords:   mother time, good child care, child care providers, work-family dilemma, America, employment changes

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