Economic Need and Wives' Employment
work, maternal employment, family
This article argues that the meaning of the economic motive for White married mothers' labor force participation has changed over the past 30 years. The growth in White married mothers' labor force participation has come from mothers whose husbands earn a relatively “adequate” income rather than from mothers whose husbands earn “inadequate” incomes. For most White married mothers, the decision to work outside the home is best characterized as a personal choice to seek an ideal life-style combining family and employment rather than economic necessity. Broad structural forces will continue to influence couples' decisions about maternal employment, but these forces may weaken as they are increasingly mediated by personal value systems about how we should live our lives rather than real economic exigency.
Original Publication Citation
Eggebeen, D. J., & Hawkins, A. J. (1990). Economic need and wives' employment. Journal of Family Issues, 11, 48-66.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Eggebeen, David J. and Hawkins, Alan J., "Economic Need and Wives' Employment" (1990). Faculty Publications. 4198.
Journal of Family Issues
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
© 1990 Sage Publications, Inc.
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