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Only Half of Women Want a Job Outside the Home: Would You Rather Work or Stay at Home?

AdriHead 2012/09/10 21:00:00
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Talk about a balanced split. A new Gallop poll reveals that only about half of women (51 percent) would rather have a job outside the home rather than "stay at home and take care of the house and family," if given the choice to do either. Which would you rather do?

GALLUP.COM reports:
Half of all women in the U.S., 51%, say that if free to do either, they would rather have a job outside the home than "stay at home and take care of the house and family," similar to the rate seen since 2007. This contrasts with 76% of men.
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  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/09/11 02:35:29
    Stay at Home
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    +12
    Staying at home is work! I would rather stay at home, go without extras, get sh*t for pay & vacation time yet be the one raising my kids as opposed to society doing so!
    SAHM

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  • alex 2012/09/11 14:04:54
    Stay at Home
    alex
    +2
    I like to make money, not work. I mean honestly, this is kind of a dumb question.
  • Tina 2012/09/11 13:58:28
    Stay at Home
    Tina
    +5
    Stay at home and work part-time because I need to be there for my kids and sort the house out, I can't go out to work and come back to a functioning house and family - it would be chaotic if I tried!
  • Saul Bo... Tina 2012/09/14 04:02:23
    Saul Borbón-Dos Sicilias
    +2
    Then why can't your husband help you with the "sorting" of the house?
  • gmiing 2012/09/11 13:23:23
    Work
    gmiing
    +4
    I am not a domestic goddess. More power to those who are - it's a hard job - it's just not for all of us
  • LucyLucero 2012/09/11 13:10:10 (edited)
  • Meagan 2012/09/11 12:57:41
    Stay at Home
    Meagan
    +2
    If I had the choice. Then I could learn how to do all the stuff I want to learn and better myself.
  • JanHopkins 2012/09/11 12:34:54
    Stay at Home
    JanHopkins
    +4
    It takes a lot of hard work just to maintain a household. I would love to be at home tending to the business of a homemaker.
  • jmc07806-PWCM-JLA 2012/09/11 11:59:19
    Stay at Home
    jmc07806-PWCM-JLA
    +3
    I am not a woman but I woudn't mind staying home.
  • MlssCue... jmc0780... 2012/09/12 02:41:54
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    +3
    In this day & age you don't have to be a woman to be the one who stays at home.
  • .: LiVi :. 2012/09/11 11:44:39
    Stay at Home
    .: LiVi :.
    +3
    If my husband was rich then what better life than to stay at home and occupy myself with more interesting activities. But if staying at home meant being poor, and not being able to afford to do anything, then I would rather work
  • Sarah W... .: LiVi :. 2012/09/11 17:38:14
    Sarah Welch
    +2
    This is very true. Many of the stay at home moms I know are literally trapped inside their home because they can't even afford the gas to get out every now and then. They are upset and end up taking it out on the kids. No thanks.
  • .: LiVi :. Sarah W... 2012/09/13 12:17:34
    .: LiVi :.
    Yes that would be very hard.
  • davetheslave 2012/09/11 11:23:52
    Stay at Home
    davetheslave
    +2
    and work from home as well.Sure wish i could find a way to do that and make what im making now
  • Angela Chambers 2012/09/11 11:15:57
    Stay at Home
    Angela Chambers
    +4
    With me babies.
  • elvira 2012/09/11 08:55:01
    Stay at Home
    elvira
    +3
    I like being home and working outside the home. That's why I work part time. I was a stay-at-home mom up until my children went to college.
  • Dickens 2012/09/11 07:41:05 (edited)
    Work
    Dickens
    ...with working class wages falling constantly, and the 99% struggling to make the 1% richer, moms staying at home usually isn't an option...
  • star Dickens 2012/09/14 05:57:43
    star
    +1
    I agree in this day and age it is so. But stay at home moms are just as important and maybe more so since out side of school they are continually with their children and they are not left for baby sitters and nannies or grandparents to raise. I admire you for what you accomplishes day by day. I know it is not easy as you have two jobs one at work another at home.
  • plainasitcomes 2012/09/11 06:44:46
    Work
    plainasitcomes
    +1
    money.
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2012/09/11 06:40:44
    Work
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +1
    I need money. Plus I love my job so why stay at home and sit on my ass?
  • star ««Ginge... 2012/09/14 05:53:24
    star
    +1
    I raised five kids and kept them and my house clean also had dinner on the table when my husband got home. I also took showers and put on nice clothes, perfume, and makeup. Many times My husband worked 99 hours a week. I also took care of my invalid mother. I for one resent your application. I never sat on my a-- as you called it. I admire women who work out side the home. But don't you dare put down stay at home moms. You are an insult to all women so get off your high nose ideas.
  • ««Ginge... star 2012/09/14 06:04:58
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    Wow, um, lady I was referring to myself. I don't have a husband or kids so yes, if I didn't have a job I would essentially just be sitting down on my ass. You need to read properly before you get so offended over nothing. You are rude and presumptive!
  • star ««Ginge... 2012/09/14 06:28:41
    star
    +1
    I know what you said. Sitting on your a--. It was the implication you made that home moms sat on theirs. So you don't have a husband kids so what. You did not say anything about your situation so I jumped to the wrong conclusion. You asked for my rudeness and presumption. The question was about stay at home moms or working. I can be to frank sometimes. I can be rude.
  • ««Ginge... star 2012/09/14 14:09:29
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    And you're a liar too. I didn't ask for any of your idiocy. I specifically stated that I needed money. This question didn't mention moms, it mentioned women in general. You should learn how to read.
  • star ««Ginge... 2012/09/16 20:26:06
    star
    Maybe so but I bet you don't always tell the truth either. LOL I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed but that is OK. Are you? Probably not.
  • ««Ginge... star 2012/09/16 21:22:18
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    Learn how to take personal responsibility instead of projecting it upon others. Go away.
  • star ««Ginge... 2012/09/17 04:55:38
    star
    I am getting raves so that is all I care.
  • star 2012/09/11 06:38:16
    Stay at Home
    star
    +5
    I raised five children as a stay at home mom and glad I did however I did not work as my husband wanted me at home with the kids just as MY Mother and His had. It is up to the couple and what they decide is the way it should be.
  • Saul Bo... star 2012/09/14 04:04:42
    Saul Borbón-Dos Sicilias
    +2
    "I did not work as my husband wanted me at home with the kids just as MY Mother and His had" I'm sorry but that didn't sound like a couple's decision. What about what you wanted?
  • star Saul Bo... 2012/09/14 06:30:36
    star
    i was taught to honor my husbands request at all times. You see I am very old fashioned. My five kids and an invalid mother kept me busy.
  • Saul Bo... star 2012/09/15 02:01:34
    Saul Borbón-Dos Sicilias
    "i was taught to honor my husbands request at all times."
    I sincerely don't know what to say to this. I was taught that blind faith and trust is for fools, and to always question why someone wanted me to do something, and to only do it if i personally agreed with it. I truly hope you were/are happy in your situation, because i most certainly wouldn't be.
  • Scream 2012/09/11 05:54:30
    Work
    Scream
    +2
    I can't imagine not working. I can't even imagine being able to afford not working.
  • Drebi 2012/09/11 05:51:42
    Work
    Drebi
    +1
    I'd like to own my own business one day. I couldn't imagine just living my life staying at home and only doing chores every day (not that that is easy or there's anything wrong with it, just that I would personally be bored out of my mind). I like to work and if I ever have children, I'd like to think that I'll find a way to to do both. :p
  • Just Jenn for Now 2012/09/11 05:19:54
    Work
    Just Jenn for Now
    +1
    Oh sure, working from home sounds like a dream, but I'd rather be AT work and not holed up in my own home quite honestly. Yeah gas prices are high and you can dodge them more as well as beat having to deal with annoying co-workers, but there's no experience like real on-site WORK experience.
  • chelsey.greaves 2012/09/11 04:59:00
    Work
    chelsey.greaves
    +2
    I was both. The first 7 years I stayed at home to raise my infants. Now that they are older, I work full time. I make more money now than my husband and pay for my girls cheer, dance and expensive clothing and lifestyle I would rather work and then take two weeks paid vacation instead. And for the record, society doesn't raise my kids I do! Also I like having a pension and 401 K and to know I am contributing helps big time. My husband would rather I stay at home but I need to know if something happens to him, my kids will be fine I can become sole provider. I did it before when he lost his job. I like being a breadwinner and feel empowered!
  • Arianne 2012/09/11 04:57:07
    Work
    Arianne
    +1
    I'd get bored real quickly. Besides I hate cleaning and cooking. I used to do homework and advanced readings just to get out of chores when I was a kid, so I don't think stay at home mom would ever be an option for me. Me and the hubby would probably split up the housework.
  • marty 2012/09/11 04:52:04
    Work
    marty
    +1
    A few days off is fine, but it gets boring very quickly, especially when your job's not going that great. Get really good at your job and be a consultant; now you get to do both!
  • Jenna ☮♡ッ 2012/09/11 04:34:44
    Work
    Jenna ☮♡ッ
    +1
    I definitely want to work. The thought of being a stay at home mom is about as appealing to me as being told that I have to go clean a public restroom. Nooo thanks. I'd go crazy.
  • Tw!stəd_S!stər 2012/09/11 04:22:18
    Work
    Tw!stəd_S!stər
    +2
    I work from home. :) Freelancer FTW
  • ♌βļąƈʞƦơșƐ3033♌ 2012/09/11 04:17:22
  • Eden Andalus 2012/09/11 04:04:12
    Work
    Eden Andalus
    Where's the "It depends" option?!?! :/

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