At 1MFWF, we always want to highlight work that’s happening around the country and across the globe pertaining to work flexibility. While our own blog features regular contributions from experts on this topic, we also keep an eye out for great articles elsewhere on the web. Here are some recent items not to miss.
Why going part-time is more than just a feminist issue
Zoe Williams, The Guardian, Jan 12
New data from UK-based lobby group for flexible workplace policies, Timewise, reveals that the lack of available quality part-time jobs is more than a women’s issue: it’s a political, poverty, and self-worth issue. Co-founder of Timewise Emma Stewart says that while flexibility may be a solution to some of the problems that women experience in the workplace, referring to it as exclusively a women’s problem only exacerbates the challenges women face. Read more about this side of the part-time work debate: Why going part-time is more than just a feminist issue.
A Less Prominent Career, a More Primary Parent, and Satisfied
Chinh Q. Le, The New York Times, Jan 10
Working dad Chihn Le shares how his family has managed to find an equilibrium between career and family life for two working parents. As the partner to a political appointee in the Justice Department and father of two energetic children, Le speaks to his experience in finding balance without compromising his professional aspirations. Read his personal story: A Less Prominent Career, a More Primary Parent, and Satisfied.
Paid Family Leave Gets More Attention, but Workers Still Struggle
Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times, Jan 7
Although the U.S. is the only industrialized nation not to offer any mandated paid sick or family leave, 2016 is already showing signs of a turning tide. The issue of paid leave has sparked such interest that it’s even making campaign headlines for both Democrats and Republicans. But despite the value of paid leave for new parents, the reality is that there is a deeper problem with the American workplace and its culture of overwork. Workers need flexibility beyond a paid leave policy, both to care for children as they grow as well as to care for an aging population. Read more: Paid Family Leave Gets More Attention, but Workers Still Struggle.
It’s 2016: Time to Get Real About How We Work and Live
Brigid Schulte, New America Weekly, Jan 7
Brigid Schulte, director of New America’s Better Life Lab, shares her wish for 2016: it’s high time for us all to make a change for the better in the way we work and live. Schulte’s essay It’s 2016: Time to Get Real About How We Work and Live questions why it’s taking us so long to acknowledge that work/life issues are not (only) women’s issues, and calls on us all to get on board with a new way of thinking about how to live a good life.
The True Story of the Gender Pay Gap: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast
Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonomics, Jan 7
It’s long been touted that women receive less pay than men for equal work; however, Harvard University economics professor Claudia Goldin suggests this claim is inaccurate. Rather, Goldin attributes the gender pay gap to the fact that women have different criteria for selecting a job than men, standards that typically include flexible scheduling policies. Learn more in this Freakonomics podcast: The True Story of the Gender Pay Gap: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast.
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