Reason-Rupe recently asked Americans who they thought American society should view more favorably, a parent who chooses to scale back his or her career to spend more time raising their children or a parent who chooses to fully pursue his or her career while raising children, or both equally. An overwhelmingly majority (74 percent) of Americans agreed both should be valued equally in our society. Moreover, 80 percent of Americans feel it is necessary for parents of small children to make compromises in their careers to effectively raise children, while only 13 percent disagree.
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