and also because they like to. Earning money and guaranteeing
their family’s security is an essential part of their lives, a
demands it,” says Donna Lenhoff, general counsel for the National
Partnership for Women and Families. “And because they get
personal satisfaction from contributing to the economy and to
better haircuts. Or that they work to fulfill “selfish”
individual ambition, as though their working lives were a luxury,
like a gym membership, that could easily be shelved to meet the
time constraints of child rearing.
For the vast majority of women, nothing could be further
wealthiest families, a second income is not a luxury; it’s a
necessity. And work, for most women, is not a lifestyle
accessory; it’s part of who they are. The child-rearing years
coming together and these careers represent a lifetime of effort.
For them, giving up work would amount to nothing less than being
stripped of an integral part of their selfhood.