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New Numbers on New Families

Stress about balancing work and family--that's what professional women have to face, right?  Well, some new statistics out this week from the Council on Contemporary Families report that men, both those in dual and single earner households, are more likely to be stressed about balancing personal and professional responsibilities than women.   I think this is a big deal.
 
Twenty-five years ago, when the Council first surveyed families, working men were not nearly as concerned about balancing work and family as women were then or as they are now.  I think this kind of awareness is the fundamental first step towards domestic equality, which is itself the fundamental first step towards professional equality.

This weekend, the Council is holding their 10th Anniversary Conference at the University of Chicago.  They'll be presenting new research the highlights of which include:

  • 46% of men, compared to 41% of women reported experiencing work-family stress
  • Mother's are not "opting out" of the workforce. Mother's labor participation dipped in the beginning of the decade, because of recession, and men demonstrated parallel labor decisions.
  • Body dissatisfaction among midlife women has more than doubled in the last 25 years.
  • While the majority of working parents guessed their children wanted to spend more time with them, children reported the first change they would make in their parents work routine would be to decrease their stress level.

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