Family & Society

Gender roles are formed and reinforced from earliest childhood through family relations, social and cultural strictures and norms. Today, family structures are shifting as nuclear and extended families undergo transformations due to economic and societal changes. The traditional archetype of one father and one mother plus children reflects only 25 percent of families in the U.S. Parental roles are also evolving as single-parent, same-sex couples and adoptive parents become increasingly common. Laws and employment policies are gradually reflecting these changes but more effort needs to be focused on providing family-friendly support from affordable, accessible, quality child and elder care to flexible work arrangements.

Report: "The Work-Family Dilemma: A Better Balance: Policy Solutions for All New Yorkers."

Report: "The Work-Family Dilemma: A Better Balance: Policy Solutions for All New Yorkers." This report is on a summit that brought together leaders, experts, and stakeholders. From this summit emerged a consensus around the need for a comprehensive work-family policy advocacy agenda for New York City.

URL: 
http://www.barnard.edu/bcrw/newfeministsolutions/reports/NFS3-Work_Family_Dilemma.pdf

Report: “Women and Paid Sick Days: Crucial for Family Well-Being” Vicky Lovell 2007

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/B254_paidsickdaysFS.pdf

IWPR Fact Sheet: "Maternity Leave in the United States: Paid Parental Leave is Still Not Standard, Even Among the Best U.S. Employers,"

IWPR Fact Sheet: "Maternity Leave in the United States: Paid Parental Leave is Still Not Standard, Even Among the Best U.S. Employers," Vicky Lovell, Elizabeth O'Neill, and Skylar Olsen, 2007.

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/parentalleaveA131.pdf

Parents as Child Care Providers: A Menu of Parental Leave Models, May 2009

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/A136Models.pdf

Report: “Climbing the Ladder: How to Invest in New Jersey’s Working Families,”

Produced with partner organization, NJ Policy Perspective as part of The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP), a national initiative aimed at assessing state policies and programs designed to help low-income working families achieve economic security.

URL: 
http://www.cww.rutgers.edu/News_Articles/rpt_ladder%5b1%5d.pdf

Expert Profile

Location: 
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33° 44' 56.382" N, 84° 23' 16.7352" W

Beverly Guy Sheftall, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College.  She is also adjunct professor at Emory University's Institute for Women's Studies where she teaches graduate courses. At the age of sixteen, she entered Spelman College where she majored in English and minored in secondary education.  After graduation with honors, she attended Wellesley College for a fifth year of study in English.  In 1968, she entered Atlanta to pursue a master's degree in English; her thesis was entitled, "Faulkner's Treatment of Women in His Major Novels."  A year later she began her first teaching job in the Department of English at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.

Location

Atlanta, GA
United States
33° 44' 56.382" N, 84° 23' 16.7352" W

WOMEN’S EQUALITY FORUM: Daddy, can a man be Prime Minister?

By Gwendolyn Beetham*

When I was in graduate school in London, one of my professors told a cute story about his daughter, born during the Thatcher era, who as a small child had asked him whether a man could be Prime Minister. The point that my professor was trying to make was that having more women in positions of power does make a difference in how women’s roles are perceived by society at large.


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