Posts Tagged work-family balance

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Photos of the Day: Swedish dads on parental leave with their kids

There is a mythical place where new parents get 480 days of paid leave for every child they have. And though it might feel like it to those of us here in the US, counting ourselves lucky if we get a single paid day off at all, this place is not, in fact, a fantastical utopia in a parallel universe.

There is a mythical place where new parents get 480 days of paid leave for every child they have. And though it might feel like it to those of us here in the US, counting 

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Most young people in the US want to equally share work and family responsibilities

According to a new study, to be published in the American Sociological Review, the majority of young people in the US would ideally like to be in an egalitarian relationship in which both partners equally split work and family responsibilities. 

According to a new study, to be published in the American Sociological Review, the majority of young people in the US would ideally like to be in an egalitarian relationship in which both partners equally split ...

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President Obama calls for paid sick and parental leave for all

The movement to ensure that everyone can take a day off from work if they or their family are sick has been gaining steam over the last few years, thanks to the collaboration of feminist and labor forces. And today, President Obama is calling for the passage of a federal paid sick leave policy, as well as a new plan to help extend paid parental leave to all Americans.

The movement to ensure that everyone can take a day off from work if they or their family are sick has been gaining steam over the last few years, thanks to the collaboration of

New report shows how the “pregnancy penalty” drives economic inequality

A Better Balance, a legal advocacy organization in New York City, has a new report explaining how the “bias and inflexibility towards women in the workplace that starts when they become pregnant and snowballs into lasting economic disadvantages” is driving gender inequality and overall economic inequality in the city:

Despite advances in gender equality over the past 40 years, women continue to jeopardize their livelihoods simply by having children. The pregnancy penalty helps to explain why mothers as a whole continue to earn five to six percent less than non-mothers, and why historically disadvantaged women, single mothers and black women, have seen their wage penalties rise sharply since 1977. In New York City, single, childless women under age ...

A Better Balance, a legal advocacy organization in New York City, has a new report explaining how the “bias and inflexibility towards women in the workplace that starts when they become pregnant and snowballs ...

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Chart of the Day: Americans are more accepting of progressive gender roles than ever

After a stagnating for a bit, there’s been an upswing in public support for progressive ideas about gender and work, according to a new analysis from the Council on Contemporary Families. 

As the chart shows, after a rapid shift in attitudes from the mid-70s to mid-90s, in the last couple decades “the trend toward acceptance of new gender roles stalled and even dipped.”

After a stagnating for a bit, there’s been an upswing in public support for progressive ideas about gender and work, according to a new analysis from the Council on Contemporary Families. 

As ...

Chart of the Day: The many ways the US fails working families

Today the White House is convening a Summit on Working Families, so it’s a good time for your regular reminder that the US’s policies for working families are the absolute worst. Seriously, whatever policy recommendations the President makes today, they will be an improvement.

The US is just one of three countries with no guaranteed paid maternity leave, and of 34 developed countries, one of two that doesn’t ensure men can take paternity leave. Only 11 percent of Americans in the private sector have access to some sort of paid family leave. Most other wealthy countries also have things like paid sick days–a benefit that 41 million people in this country lack–and affordable child care. ...

Today the White House is convening a Summit on Working Families, so it’s a good time for your regular reminder that the US’s policies for working families are the absolute worst. Seriously, whatever policy recommendations ...

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