The latest OECD survey revealed that while men spent more time doing paid work each day, the women did the larger share of unpaid work which includes doing things like childcare and household chores. This is true for both women who are working full-time or part-time and those who decide to stay at home.
Femme-O-Nomics follows the ups — and downs — of today’s female captains of industry. Here is the latest on Meg Whitman, Indra Nooyi, and Marissa Mayer.
Femme-O-Nomics follows the ups — and downs — of today’s female captains of industry. Here is the latest on Indra Nooyi, Meg Whitman, and Marissa Mayer.
While on the campaign trail this week First Lady Michelle Obama said that the conversations she has with American women are “completely therapeutic” for her as a working mother. “Being able to hear about the challenges, to be able to share our ups and downs in life, these kinds of conversations become one of the favorite things that I get to do as first lady,” Obama said.
One line in Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter’s landmark piece in the Atlantic really caught my attention: “Make school schedules match work schedules.” She explained that a career in academia, although demanding, afforded her the opportunity to set her own schedule. When she moved to her dream job as director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department, she experienced what many of us already know: being at the mercy of someone else’s work schedule as a parent raises many complications. The overall tone of the article suggests that society needs to change to accommodate women’s advancement but to what degree does that include our school system?
Why this idea that ambition evaporates as soon as the epidural wears off? I presume some of this misperception stems from the additional time constraints placed on working parents. While many women seek a balance between their work and personal lives, increasingly, so do men.
For many people, infertility remains to some degree a source of embarrassment or a sign of failure. Adding that stress to existing obligations can spell disaster. Only those forced into the world of infertility realize how common it is.
Not too long ago, I worked at a company where I became friends with my co-worker, Shannon. Shannon started dating another co-worker Craig. They both worked in different departments and different buildings. They dated for about 2 ½ years and are now married with a little girl. That’s a picture perfect story, isn’t it? But we all know that’s not always how things go.
The conversation about choosing not to have children has moved from isolated listservs into the national press. The national debate has generated some real support for childfree people and even for their reasons not to have children, such as the study discussed in The New York Times Magazine showing that childfree people are generally happier than parents.