Thanks to The Mama Bee for her thoughtful blog post, Getting Honest About Part-time Work. Drawing on my USA Today column yesterday, TMB makes the case that work time is me-time if you love your job, that putting serious effort into your career often advances you to the point of having more clout and control of your time, and that working part-time involves serious financial trade-offs. I’m glad to help get these discussions going!
I’ve also been fascinated by some of the discussions going on elsewhere with people claiming that my figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics must be wrong. Usually the commenter says “This can’t be right because I spend tons of time with my kids…” But of course the thing about broad studies is that one person’s experience does not make an average wrong. Sure, plenty of part-timers spend tons of time with their families. But others don’t. I’m also sure there are some part-timers making six figures a year. But this doesn’t mean the average woman would.