Career

Pricing myself out of the market…or not

In the ongoing debate over women’s life choices, one biological fact is not disputed. For most women, it is easier to get pregnant in your 20s and early 30s than in your late 30s or early 40s. This time line doesn’t mesh well with certain aspects of modern life. The age of first marriage for women has risen into the late 20s, and tends to be later for women with b… read more »

How single-income families spend their time

Last week, the Pew Research Center released a lengthy report on how parents spend their time, now and in the past. I posted on Thursday about whether women would earn more if they did less at home. Today I want to look at another interesting part of the report, on how married couples with one income spend their time.
We can think of such families as “traditional… read more »

Would women earn more if they did less at home?

It’s an article of faith among Americans that we are overworked. We work long hours at our paid jobs, then come home and put in a long second shift. Mothers, in particular, perceive their combined work and childcare hours as extensive, leaving us starved for time — a starvation that we sometimes assume our husbands don’t face. One thing that keeps u… read more »

Leaning in: My 2 cents and 2 quibbles

Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, officially comes out today (Monday) but Amazon shipped over the weekend. So I read over the weekend. Sometimes while reading, I felt like I’d practically underlined the whole book, so much was I agreeing with what Sandberg has to say.
The title comes from her advice to young women. Not… read more »

How to cope when life is crazy busy crazy

Regular blog readers know that, over the past few months, I’ve been having dozens of people log their time for me. Some of these are going in the paperback version of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (out in September!), and some will be going up here.
First up? Lisa Lane. This mother of two boys (11 and 13) said she normally worked about 20-2… read more »