Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Zentrum für Transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien

'Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home'

  • Wann 11.06.2009 von 18:00 bis 20:00
  • Wo Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universitätsstraße 3b
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Gastvortrag am Institut für Sozialwissenschaften; Soziologie der Arbeit und Geschlechterverhältnisse der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



Through a content analysis of print media and a comparison of media images with trends in women’s behavior, the authors explore the rhetoric and reality surrounding the exit of college-educated women from the workforce to become full-time mothers, a phenomenon that has been dubbed “opting out.” The major imagery surrounding opting out emphasizes motherhood and family, elites, and choice. A close reading reveals some inconsistencies that counter the prevailing positive depiction. The authors also find that media coverage of opting out appears in leading publications reaching large and diverse audiences. A comparison of articles’ themes against actual trends in women’s opting-out behavior shows that there is a disjuncture between the two. The authors discuss the implications of these results for the dissemination of a new feminine mystique. 



Prof. Pamela Stone, PD



ZtG-Veranstaltungskategorie: Gender-Veranstaltungen der Institute/Fakultäten der HU