Why are young women more ambitious than men?

Editor’s note: Kathleen Gerson, author of “The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work, and Family,” is a professor of sociology and collegiate professor of arts and science at New York University. She is a 2011-2012 Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. (CNN) — In a […]

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When Stay-at-Home Fathers Return to Work (Elsewhere)

After five years at home full time with his two children, Martin Banks was itching to get back to the adult world of work. But how to explain the gap on his résumé? ”I decided to make it a job, because by golly, that’s what it was,” Mr. Banks said. ”It was work.” Under ”Temporary […]

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Alpha Wives: The Trend and the Truth

Why are more American men marrying women who make more money than they do? Maybe it is the simple fact that more higher-earning women are available. And social norms have changed, with the benefits of such unions supposedly winning out over the perceived blow to the male ego. After a Pew Research Center study came […]

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The 40-Something Dependent Child

First, parents were bankrolling their 20-something children, paying tuition bills for private colleges, globe-trotting adventures and rent after college. Then the 30-something offspring needed down payments, money for their own children’s summer camp, cars and school tuition. What next? If their net worth hasn’t been devastated by the recession, will these parents who reach their 70s and […]

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Work Without Worry

More American mothers than ever are working, and more workers are mothers. Yet their march into the world of paid work continues to evoke skepticism. One recent survey found that 48 percent of Americans believe that preschoolers suffer if their mothers work, while another found that 42 percent of employed parents think that working mothers […]

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Taking Back Personal Time

Online shopping may seem to be a frivolous pursuit that is also an illegitimate use of time on the job. Yet it is also one more sign of the profound blurring of the once solid boundary between work and home. We need to remember that for every moment spent shopping at work, we spend many […]

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Blurring Gender Boundaries and the New Worlds of Work and Care

Taking Silicon Valley and other settings that exemplify the “new economy,” this project is investigating the new worlds of work and care.  As the 21st century economy continues to erode the institutional underpinnings of stable jobs and families, women and men alike face new dilemmas about how to trade off self-development with the care of others.  […]

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Time Is Of The Essence

Imagine, if you will, that every family functions a kind of cooperative where individuals pool their practical and emotional assets, such as time, energy, labor, skills, money, mobility, leisure, love, and empathy.

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Kathleen Gerson on She Source

Kathleen Gerson, Professor of Sociology and Collegiate Professor at New York University, is a recognized authority on gender, work, and family issues and the author of a series of important books on the dilemmas…

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The Unfinished Revolution

In the controversial public debate over modern American families, the vast changes in family life–the rise of single, two-paycheck , and same-sex parents–have often been blamed for declining morality and unhappy children.

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