Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Don’t Give Up Your Day Job/ Heidi Bruggink

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In an interview about her book The Feminine Mistake, Bruggink addresses the issue of women choosing to quit their career in order devote their lives to their children. Bruggink thinks that this is mostly a bad move, and she has many reasons for this. She says that after 15 years (once a child is mostly grown), a woman’s life can become bland because she has no career. Another issue she brings up the psychological benefits for a life outside of the home.

The reason I most agreed with is the financial end. She says that it’s not a wise idea to depend on a partner because you can’t be sure that something won’t happen to them; for instance, they could die. This is a great point, because in the same way that the finances could be affected with death, the partner could lose they’re job. It makes the most sense to stick with a career not only to bring in the extra check, but to be independent if need be. Sure juggling the family with a job is hard, but in the end it will be worth it.

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