The Child Care Conundrum
Should working moms lean in, opt out, or something in between? When it comes to careers, motherhood is a condition that, rightly or wrongly, is blamed for lower earnings, slower advancement, and the absence of women from the workforce. At the crux of every discussion about the “mommy wars” or “having it all” is the overwhelming, expensive mess that is child care in the United States — and the many difficulties women who work outside the home face because of it.
“I’m 31 years old, and my career is slowly getting away from me because I have to be concerned about the child care options for my daughter and how she’s raised,” says Celia Garcia Perez, whose little girl, Nayeli, will be 2 in June.
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