It's an article of faith among Americans that we are overworked. We work long hours at our paid jobs, then come home and put in a long second shift. Mothers, in particular, perceive their combined work and child-care hours as extensive, leaving us starved for time -- a starvation that we sometimes assume our... Read More »
What with the election and all, we're a bit behind on "can't have it all" manifestos. Fortunately, a lawyer (and mother of two young children) threw some grease on the fire recently by quitting her big D.C. law firm with an email to her colleagues that recounted a rather rough day, hour by hour. (That link... Read More »
Back in April, Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen reignited the mommy wars for 72 frenzied hours when she said that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, had "never worked a day in her life."
Republicans roared and Democrats bristled. "My career choice was to be a mother," Ann Romney... Read More »
A few hours after Yahoo announced to the world that Marissa Mayer would be its new CEO, Mayer announced to the world that she was six months pregnant. She was going to work until her due date, she told Fortune magazine, and would only take a few weeks off with her newborn.
It was a bold declaration. Now, a... Read More »
By Jocelyn Noveck
NEW YORK -- "Another piece of good news today," tweeted the expectant mom, announcing to her online followers that she and her husband are awaiting a baby boy.
But this wasn't just any excited mom-to-be. This was 37-year-old Marissa Mayer, the newly named CEO of Yahoo -- obviously a huge... Read More »
Annie Marie Slaughter's article in the current Atlantic titled "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" had a familiar ring - hauntingly so.
More than two decades ago, the Harvard Business Review published an article titled "Management Women and the New Facts of Life," which made many of the same arguments that... Read More »
Every year in time for Mother's Day, Salary.com produces a figure showing how much you'd have to pay for the job of "mom." The answer is always in the six-figures for stay-at-home moms. It is based on mothers' estimates of how much time they spend doing various tasks, which -- like all time-use estimates -- tend... Read More »
By Barbara Safani
With Mother's Day upon us, I've been thinking about the "Mom job" and how many different jobs it really is. Can you imagine if moms got paid for all they do? Obviously moms don't take the job for the money, but it does make you wonder what their earning potential would be if they were... Read More »
Back in 2008, a Houston woman, back from maternity leave, asked her boss if she could pump breast milk in the bathroom, on her breaks at work. He fired her. Last month, a judge threw out her discrimination case.
Although 45 states allow women to breast-feed infants in any public or private location, many... Read More »
By Kaitlin Madden
Every Monday, I watch Bethenny Frankel juggle her hectic life as a working mom on her Bravo reality show. Though things don't always go perfectly, for the most part, she's pretty good at making sure nothing falls through the cracks. Read More »
Employed mothers and fathers have almost identical workloads, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Women spend a few hours less in the office, but a few more hours cooking, cleaning and caring for the kids. But if their burdens are roughly equal to their husbands', why do women report feeling so... Read More »
For the first time in U.S. history most new mothers are receiving paid maternity leave. The U.S. Census Bureau tracked 3.1 million first-time mothers, who worked while pregnant between 2006 and 2008, and found that 51 percent received paid leave. That's a leap from 42 percent between 1996 and 2000, and the... Read More »