Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Many Women Regret Choosing Career Over Family, Authors Claim

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Two new books--one British and one American--suggest that many women who placed careers ahead of family now regret their choice. In The Miseducation of Women, to be published this month in Britain, Dr. James Tooley, a professor of education policy at the University of Newcastle, argues that many professional women are unhappy because they did not put home and children first. As the Daily Telegraph recently reported, Tooley blames the feminist revolution of the 1960s and 1970s for creating attitudes that "desperately undervalued" the role of housewife in society. Basing his findings on an analysis of data gathered from over 100,000 men and women in Britain and the US, Tooley told the Telegraph he discovered that "30% of young women are unhappier with their lives than previous generations were, while young men now seem happier than previous generations were." Tooley suggests these women would have been more contented had they stayed home and raised children. "I expect career women will react very strongly against me and to even suggest women would be happier in the home has become almost a taboo," he said. "We need to cull a few sacred cows and start a debate on the subject. That is what I am trying to do."

In Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children, American economist, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, comes to similar conclusions. She states that among women over 40 earning over $100,000 a year, 49% are childless and 43% are unmarried, compared to only 19% and 17% respectively for men. As Washington Post columnist, William Raspberry noted, Hewlett makes the "poignant discovery" that for many of them it was not their choice that they "did not plan to remain childless. It's something that just sneaked up on them while they were distracted by their careers." At the same time, some women who have both a successful career and a family are also choosing to put family first. Globe and Mail columnist, John Ibbitson, for example, finds it "truly admirable" that Karen Hughes would decide to "forsake a position of enormous power and influence" as counsellor to US President George W. Bush and return to Texas for the sake of her husband and teenaged son. "Surely the women's movement has truly come of age when women can not only reach the top, but forsake it as well for the family, if they so choose," he writes. (From TodayÕs Family News)

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