Thursday, October 05, 2006

Career and Motherhood

Interesting data out in Inside Higher Ed that completely discredits last years New York Times article "Many Women at Elite Colleges Set Career Path To Motherhood."
Victoria Brescoll, currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, conducted the survey in the 2005-6 academic year as a graduate student in social psychology, said the survey results suggest that men and women equally value career and family, contradicting the implication of Louise Story’s.
The new study suggests that the article also overstated the number of women who hope to leave the workforce long-term. Yale University’s Women’s Center released a survey last week finding that just 4.1 percent of Yale women plan to stop work entirely after having children, compared to 0.7 percent of men. A vast majority of women — 71.8 percent — reported they would take less than one year off work after their children were born.

As it turns out many women and men hold career and family equally important. Unfortunaty, statistics such as these do not include the vast numbers of mothers that work part time or work full time running a self-owned business from home. Also interesting that 'work' is spoken of outside the home when it should really point to the fact that women are staying in the work force as well as 'working' inside the home. When are we going to accept that mothering is unpaid labor?

1 comment:

R2K said...

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