Listen up, Sheryl Sandberg: not every woman wants to “lean in.” According to a New York Times/CBS News poll, just 25 percent of American mothers with children under 18 would work full time if money were no object—while half of American mothers are working full time. What’s more, only 37 percent of working women (and just 44 percent of men) say they want a job with more responsibilities. So where does that leave the average American mother? Struggling to find someplace in the middle. Take for example Sara Uttech, a 43-year-old married mother who has taken at least one day to work from home and who gets to work every day at 8 a.m. so she can be out the door by 4:30 p.m.—in time for her sons’ baseball games.
Just 25 percent of American moms would choose full-time work if money was no object.