Opting Out – Choice or Circumstance ?


When a woman opts out of the workforce, is it choice or circumstance?
In both cases, the catalyst to this situation is motherhood which affects women at all levels: high earning women with advanced degrees; middle class working women who hold professional qualifications and women from the low wage bracket who work to make ends meet. The common thread which links these three groups of women who earn vastly different incomes is that in the majority of these cases, they do not choose to opt out of the workforce. It is their circumstances.

Let’s apply simple economics at the working class level.

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