Leta Liou, an attorney in New York City, described that when she was a new mom, she constantly wrestled with a nagging “mom guilt” settled in from different angles: “I should be taking more time off to enjoy my baby girl. . . . I should make dinner . . . but I am falling behind on my work. . . . I should respond faster to these e-mails. . . .” In the early 2000s, under the pressure of this excruciating guilt, professional women started returning in droves to domestic life, leaving careers to give birth and raise their children (Neil Gilbert, A Mother’s Work: How Feminism, the Market, and Policy Shape Family Life, Yale University Press, 2008).
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