Work-Family Guilt Is Wasted Energy
Most of the women I meet in the US are torn between familiar female twin guilts — not enough time with their kids, and not enough time for their work. Men are increasingly sharing in this guilt. Much of the Anglo-Saxon debate about "women in leadership" is framed as an issue of women's "choices."
Notes that categories of issues complicate women's freedom in the workplace and the home.
- Public policies in different countries. Currently, policies pressure both the individual and the couple indecisions about work. Policies create barriers for women to freely choose how to balance their carrier and family life. These mainly consist of daycare and tax laws which either support women in the workplace or penalize them.
- Policies and cultures within individual companies. Frequently, men comprise the hierarchies of leadership within organizations and make policy decisions from a masculine point of view. These norms create expectations and place pressure on women within the organization.
- Priorities in couples. Companies influence these individual priorities when they enact policies designed to bring women into the workplace, thereby "fixing the women issues" with programs, pressuring couples in their individual decision making. Children become a point of conflict when women and men make decisions about work.
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Source is HBR.org
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