Young women with children are more interested in job flexibility than their boomer moms were: 60% of employed moms would like to work part-time, rather than full-time or no job at all—up 12% from a decade ago, a new study shows. But only 24% of those surveyed actually work part-time.
One factor may be the increasingly common workweek of 50 hours or more, at the same time that child raising has become what the Washington Post calls a more intensive enterprise. The same study found that most fathers (72%) said full-time work was their ideal. "We have the luxury of making these choices because of all the blood, sweat and tears our mothers put in," says one woman. (Read more working mothers stories.)