The Shriver Report – work/life balance

Special Edition

What Women Need
Juggling on Even Ground: Policies to Address Low-Wage Workers’ Scheduling Challenges
When we talk about the struggles low-wage workers face, it may seem obvious that their biggest problem is low wages. However, scheduling challenges fundamentally exacerbate the struggle. In an interview with Women Employed (WE), a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) from Chicago described her situation: “[If the number of patients on the unit] goes down to ten, they call one or two of the CNAs around 4:30 in the morning and their shift will get cancelled for the day. It affects the monthly budget. I pay for daycare, gas, food and I’ll struggle to see how I’m going to make ends meet.”  → Read More
Mum is exactly like Dad Except Better at Legos
If our one-year-old could say more than, “dad” or “mum” he would tell you that mum is the same as dad, except she creates better Lego towers. This is not by chance, but by design, and a lot of team work. We love our son more than life itself, but neither of us could imagine giving up our careers to become a stay at home parent. Balance was needed to make sure we were the best parents we could be, but that we also continued driving toward our career goals and pursuing our passions.  → Read More
Doing It All: Is Working From Home The Answer To Our Prayers?
I recently discovered that I like to do it all, and for me, in a nutshell, that would be, writing and parenting. Being a working mom, I regularly get the question of how I “do it all,” and though I try to answer, I think this entire discourse is transforming before our eyes. “The ‘having it all’ conversation is outdated because so many of you are already doing it all,” Maria Shriver recently stated. And she is right. The question we should be posing is not about how to have it all, as Anne Marie Slaughter famously analyzed, but about how we are actually managing to juggle the constant cast of characters the play of life sends our way.  → Read More
Headlines from the Front Lines
How Hillary is Putting More Cracks in the Glass Ceiling, An Ongoing Struggle for Working Parents and the New Face of Poverty
Happy Friday! We’ve spent the week reading through fabulous submissions from our reporters about sleep deprivation and how men are changing. But we always make time to read up on what the rest of the ‘net has been buzzing about. Here are some stories you won’t to miss…  → Read More
Headlines from the Front Lines
Merry Wives in the Workplace, the Problem with Flexible Scheduling and Why You Should Stop Asking, “What’s Next?”
It’s the end of another busy week, but just the start of the busy holiday season. With one holiday already behind us, savor this moment before life really goes haywire. Consider this your invitation to exhale – and catch up on stories you won’t want to miss from around the web. Happy Friday!  → Read More
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