There's a story in Women's eNews that seems to be worried about the married middle class mommy. The story starts with the anecdote about Lisa Seftel, who was given an ultimatum after giving birth of working five days a week full-time or a part-time position that would have eliminated her benefits. What Seftel had originally envisioned was a full time week where she split her time between the office and home. So Seftel says she was "pushed out" and became a full-time stay-at-home mom. Author Sharon Johnson calls this the "dark side" of the workforce today.
To be clear, I think it's absolutely important that parents of young children get flexibility in their jobs. But the thing is we didn't see Seftel's husband asking for a flexible work schedule. In fact, the article doesn't interview any men at all. The choices for Seftel was apparently flexible work or stay-at-home. There are many women out there that just don't have such options. Many women just can't afford to stay at home, either because they are single mothers or because the family needs both incomes to survive. I hope one day all parents have the option to accommodate their family needs, not just middle class mommies.