Sex Roles (2012) 67:122–124 DOI 10.1007/s11199-012-0128-4 BOOK REVIEW Having it All: Debunking the Need and Choice Myths Dominating the Depiction of Women’s Work For the Family? How Class and Gender Shape Women’s Work. By Sarah Damaske, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2011. 228 pp. $24.95 (paperback). ISBN: 978-0-19-979-149-1 Chardie L. Baird Published online: 14 February 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012 In For the Family? How Class and Gender Shape Women’s Damaske argues that the contribution of the first section of her book is a conceptual framework that more accurately Work, Sarah Damaske debunks two myths perpetuated by economic and sociological research as well as cultural dis- reflects U.S. women’s work experiences than research that course in the United States. The “need myth” is a examines women’s employment status at one point in time. financially-driven explanation for women’s work histories Her research uncovers three distinct categories of women’s that implies women would not work if given the choice work pathways: steady, pulled-back, and interrupted. Brief- (p. 6). Specifically, middle class women’s exit from paid ly, steady workers are women who “actively maintain… work is attributed to the financial resources that enable their their connection to the labor market”
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