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Work PAUSE Thrive by Lisen Stromberg

Work PAUSE Thrive by Lisen Stromberg

Author:Lisen Stromberg
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
Published: 2017-05-21T16:00:00+00:00


Women and men need to work together to find better solutions to our work–life integration issues. Planning together for the reality of children and the impact of caregiving is a powerful place to start.

Unlike previous generations, there is no question women will have to work outside the home, and there is no question men will have to be 50/50 partners when it comes to the house and children. Not just because we want equality, but because unless you are part of the “One Percent” and money is no object, you’ll have no other choice.

Women and men need to work together to find better solutions to our work–life integration issues. Planning together for the reality of children and the impact of caregiving is a powerful place to start.

Part III of Work PAUSE Thrive offers insights, ideas, opportunities, and cautionary tales so you can thoroughly consider whether you should pause for parenthood and how to do so without killing your career. In the chapters ahead, I have written with career-driven women in mind—specifically, college-educated women who are married or plan to be married and who have or plan to have children. That said, as the mother of a gay son whom I hope will one day marry and have children, I don’t mean to exclude other kinds of relationships, other kinds of parents, or men in general. The challenges of integrating kids with careers is ubiquitous. I believe what is written can apply to all couples, gay or straight, married or not, who are or will become parents.

As you read through the next section of the book, it will become clear that these strategies and tactics won’t and can’t work for everyone. At the very least, my research has shown that pausing requires you to have a partner who provides some measure of financial stability while you are putting your family first.

Additionally, for the women I spoke to and surveyed, a college degree was the foundation on which they were able to pause and then relaunch their careers. Pausing may not be a “choice” for women without college degrees because they are less likely to be able to afford a period of time in which they have reduced or nonexistent income. Single mothers also have few chances to pause because, in the vast majority of cases, they have no one to provide financial backup.

My dream is that we as a country will change our workplace and public policies so that all women and men can work to their fullest capacity over the length of their careers. This would include enabling them to temporarily pause to care for their families. But until that is the case, the population who will most benefit from the contents of this section of the book are women who have the personal and financial support in place that enables them to consider a pause.

As I have shared before, my agenda is to not encourage women to pause their careers, but to provide critical information for the many high-potential women who will inevitably ponder whether they should.



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