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.

Issue Brief: “Ensuring Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care”

Issue Brief: "Ensuring Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care"
Included in "A Platform for Progress: Building a Better Future for Women and Their Families and Building Economic Security."

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org/details.cfm?id=3318&section=infocenter

Paper: “Childcare options in South Korea: experiences and perceptions of female college faculty.”

Paper: "Childcare options in South Korea: experiences and perceptions of female college faculty." This paper examines how societal and workplace cultures prevent people from using childcare options available to them and suggests new initiatives in childcare policies to create a more family-friendly work environment. The paper is soon to be published in the Journal about Women in Higher Education.

URL: 
http://bis.wist.re.kr/english

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

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

IWPR calculated the cost of providing paid sick time based on the provisions of the new proposed New York City Paid Sick Days law. The findings and details of the methodology used will be released in a forthcoming IWPR publication that will be made available on the IWPR website. September, 2009

“Unemployment Among Single Mother Families”, September, 2009.

The fact sheet shows both a high rate of unemployment among single mothers and substantial growth in their rate of unemployment since April, 2009. The fact sheet concludes suggesting that a number of changes in policy and practice are needed to improve women's earnings and the ability to combine work and family in the United States.

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/SingleMotherUE_C369.pdf
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