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Monday, August 27, 2007

Parent Tracked

US News and World Report profiles the new mommy track in an article today on ways that enterprising moms can balance work and family. Much of the article content is a rehash of other recent pieces - moms working in forward-thinking law firms that allow more flexible hours, companies creating programs that allow career breaks for family responsibilities, etc. The article's premise is that women in high-power careers need options if they are going to successfully balance work and childraising.

Again I say...but what about the men? They get mentioned twice. Once when the author says mothers today are willing to "demand fuller participation of fathers in childraising" and then again when a managing director at PriceWaterhouseCoopers is quoted as saying "[Women's] careers are not as linear as men's". Oh, and the byline of the piece oddly says "More mothers win flextime at work, and hubbies help (really!) at home".

Amazing! Husbands actually helping at home? Let's aim at little higher than that, US News! Husbands can do way more than 'help'. They can raise children, take career breaks (or step down to reduced responsibilities), flex their hours, and clean the dishes like the best of wives!

We don't need to be forced to do it either, right guys? Who responds well to 'demands'? Hell, we want the same things as women do. I can't wait for the day when US News has a different story to tell.


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