Are fewer execs leaving the workforce to be stay-at-home moms?
Census statistics released Thursday show that 5.6 million women, or nearly one in four married mothers with children younger than 15, stay at home with their kids. (There are 165,000 stay-at-home dads.)
The report found that stay-at-home mothers tend to be younger and less educated, with lower family incomes. Does this mean that fewer high-powered, professional women are "opting out" and leaving the workforce to care for children at home?
This article in the Washington Post says maybe ... and that's a fact that surprised many, given the amount of attention that "opting out" has received in the media.
"I do think there is a small population, a very small population, that is opting out, but with the nationally representative data, we're just not seeing that," Diana B. Elliott, a family demographer and co-author of the U.S. Census Bureau report, told the Washington Post.
In this recession, fewer and fewer women can even AFFORD to stay home -- most of us need two incomes just to get by.
Did you "opt out" of your job to be a stay-at-home mom? Tell us about it.