Why we need a new frame for thinking about “having it all”

Why we need a new frame for thinking about “having it all”

Debates over whether women should lean in, lean out, have it all or just some have been raging over the last few years, with few clear answers. Should women emulate men? Adjust what they’re doing to gain power? Opt out entirely? At this week’s WAPPP Seminar on “Different Ways of Not Having It All: Work, […]

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A declining demand for husbands, or a rising desire for an equal life partner?

A declining demand for husbands, or a rising desire for an equal life partner?

In her June 17 post for the New York Times Economix blog, the eminent economist, Nancy Folbre, marshaled a wide range of evidence suggesting that declining marriage rates reflect women’s – rather than men’s – waning desire to marry. This “declining demand for husbands,” she argues, reflects the increasing costs and decreasing benefits that marriage […]

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No Need to Marry Young

No Need to Marry Young

Editor’s note: Kathleen Gerson, author of “The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work, and Family,” is collegiate professor of sociology at New York University and a founding board member of the Work-Family Researchers Network. (CNN) — When Susan Patton, a Princeton alumna, advised in an open letter that Princeton […]

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2013 Award Recipients

2013 Award Recipients

Distinguished Book Award “Capitalizing on Crisis: The Political Origins of the Rise of Finance” by Greta Krippner Honorable Mention “Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition” by David Garland Dissertation Award TBA Read full article here

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Why Gender Equality Stalled

Why Gender Equality Stalled

THIS week is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan’s international best seller, “The Feminine Mystique,” which has been widely credited with igniting the women’s movement of the 1960s. Readers who return to this feminist classic today are often puzzled by the absence of concrete political proposals to change the status of women. […]

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Can’t have an egalitarian marriage? Women prefer being single or divorce to neo-traditional marriage

Can’t have an egalitarian marriage? Women prefer being single or divorce to neo-traditional marriage

Here’s a great find by Lisa Wade discussing Kathleen Gerson’s book The Unfinished Revolution. She asks people what kind of family arrangements they’d like, and you see that both men and women say they want an egalitarian arrangement. But egalitarianism is hard in a society where expectations and institutions have been shaped around inegalitarian norms […]

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Most Women Would Rather Divorce Than Be a Housewife

Most Women Would Rather Divorce Than Be a Housewife

Here’s some great news. The vast majority of young people — about 80% of women and 70% of men across all races, classes, and family backgrounds — desire an egalitarian marriage in which both partners share bread-winning, housekeeping, and child-rearing. (This data comes from Kathleen Gerson‘s fabulous 2010 book, The Unfinished Revolution.) In practice, however, egalitarian […]

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The single, the stay-at-home, and the stressed

The single, the stay-at-home, and the stressed

We are living in a new economy. The core of our economic system has shifted from manufacturing to a focus on service occupations and high-tech, intellectual capital. As part of this shift, more women have moved out of the house and into the workforce. We all know that work itself is different. But we may […]

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Why are young women more ambitious than men?

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)

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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