Work - Life Balance

Women [and men] today are seeking greater flexibility in their jobs to balance more effectively their work and family responsibilities. Lack of such arrangements often forces women to opt out of pursuing their career goals. When they return to work, women find themselves at a disadvantage in terms of earnings, opportunities and promotions. Employers who adopt more flexibility in the workplace allow women and men to lead more productive and effective lives.

NATIONAL PARENTS' DAY FORUM: Recognizing Caregivers

July 24, 2009 posted by Amy Sueyoshi*

This Sunday (July 26) while others will be celebrating National Parent’s Day, I will be honoring my ancestors at the San Francisco Buddhist Temple Obon Festival. Though I have no children of my own, I am, perhaps ironically, the god parent of my Catholic niece and nephew and have played a parental role for my immigrant mother since the day I could speak English. While I recognize the need to honor people who have their own children, I long for a world where we can embrace and respect all types of families and networks of care in which we willingly (but more often unwillingly) become involved.


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Media Ignores the Importance of Housework in Divorce Rates and Career Advancement

By Londa Schiebinger and Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

ORIGINALLY POSTED MAY 23, 2010 ON THE HUFFINGTON POST

The Telegraph picked up a recently published London School of Economics research about housework. They were in lonely company. The piece did not see the light of day in the Financial Times, The New York Times or the Washington Post. Why not? Could it be that housework is not considered a serious topic?


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Indoor Air May be Hazardous to Women's Health

Vacuuming the carpet, making the bed, cooking dinner, or using room freshener may be hazardous to women’s health. These activities all release potentially harmful allergens and pollutants. However household air pollution is not regulated, putting respiratory health at risk.

URL: 
http://www.stanford.edu/group/gender/cgi-bin/wordpressblog/2010/04/indoor-air-may-be-hazardous-to-women%e2%80%99s-health/
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NCRW Summary of White House Workplace Flexibility Forum

March 31, 2010: Government officials, labor organizers, private sector leaders, and top researchers gathered this afternoon at the White House for a special forum on workplace flexibility. Breakout sessions on best practices for implementing flexible work options were bookended by appearances by the Obamas. For those of us unable to attend in person, the White House live-streamed the opening and closing sessions on its website.

As Valerie Jarrett, Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, said in her opening remarks, the presence of Michelle and Barack Obama at today’s forum sends a message on the importance of workplace flexibility. The forum’s purpose was to look at what works and what does not work in flexible work option policies in the public sector. The White House encourages the private sector to follow suit.
 

The White House Gets It—How About the Rest of the Nation?

By Kyla Bender-Baird

As the economy came toppling down on us last year, one of the first things to get sidelined was workplace flexibility and policies supporting greater work-life balance. Some say that with the economy struggling to recover, now is not the time to talk about so-called perks like telecommuting or flexible hours. But the White House and its top officials couldn’t disagree more.


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The Effect of Spousal Overwork on Men’s and Women’s Employment in Dual-Earner Households

Long hours at the office may heighten gender inequality in the home. In a recent study published in the American Sociological Review, Cornell sociologist Youngjoo Cha finds that having a spouse who works more than 50 hours per week (or overworks) can negatively affect women’s careers.

Long work hours, which have become increasingly prevalent in the United States, are now an established workplace norm. Employees who work long hours are thought to demonstrate professional competence and work commitment. Although this standard seems to be fair for both men and women, it actually disadvantages many women, who have less time available to do paid labor because they are expected to do more housework and perform most of the caregiving responsibilities in the family.

URL: 
http://www2.asanet.org/journals/asr/abstracts.html
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