28 Apr Mothers, Fathers, Family-Work-Life-Balance
College educated married mothers are the least likely to quit their jobs after their children are born. Their pay and career advancement have not risen at the same level as their similarly educated husbands. In her New York Times article, April 26, 2019, Women Did Everything Right. Then Work Got ‘Greedy’, Claire Cain Miller explains why. The returns to working long, inflexible hours have greatly increased.” The structure and “required” hours needed to advance one’s career in many professions have indirectly created this lag in pay and career advancement.
To remedy this, Miller cites studies that show jobs need to be structured to allow college educated married mothers and their college educated husbands the time to manage and handle their family responsibilities. Make the hours flexible for career professions in terms of when and where they can be done. Tie compensation for these jobs to productivity and not the number of hours spent in the office or “on-call.” This will release working parents from putting in useless long hours to appear “serious” about their careers.