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'US eves swap satchels for diapers'

More and more American women are swapping briefcases and suits for jeans and diaper bags, says a study.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 13:51 IST

More and more American women are swapping briefcases and suits for jeans and diaper bags as they opt to stay home and raise children, putting the brakes on decades of female advances in the workplace.

For the first time in the post-feminist era, the number of working women has begun to retreat, with even graduates from prestigious universities giving up promising careers for old-fashioned domesticity.

A new magazine launched in California has seized on the trend- the cover of "Total 180!" shows a slender, radiant woman balancing her daughter on one hip as she tosses her briefcase into the trash.

"With practical information that validates, supports, and reassures their lifestyle, Total 180! is the sustenance for professional women turned stay-at-home moms," the magazine's website says.

Some six million women have chosen to leave the workforce to stay home and raise their children, the magazine's chief editor, Erika Kotite, told AFP.

But they feel isolated, she said, and the magazine aims to address their needs "with humour and lightheartedness."

But not everyone sees this positively, especially feminists who fought decades ago to open workplace doors to women.

Rose Olver, a professor of women's studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts, called the trend "somewhat alarming".

"Women in the 1970s fought for access and my sense is that the urgency to open the work place to women has subsided," Olver said.

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 09:00 IST