What are the pros and cons for a woman if she works outside the home?

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There are many pros and cons to this, some of which vary with the personality and goals of the individual woman.  Among them are:

  • Working will typically get more money for the family.  Many families need the money that is brought in by having both parents work.  They should be sure, however, to factor in the money that it will cost to have the woman work.  These are things like money for daycare, for the woman's work clothes and for lunches and commuting.
  • Working may cause more stress on the family.  If the woman works, there is less time for her to take care of household tasks.  She (and hopefully her husband) will be running around after work trying to get everything done.  This makes for a more hectic household.
  • The children end up having to go to daycare.  There are no definitive answers to this, but it is at least plausible that daycare is inferior to being cared for by a parent.
  • The woman who works may be more able to achieve personal satisfaction.  Not everyone, male or female, can be personally satisfied without a career.  Many women will feel deeply unhappy if their whole life consists of working in the home.

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