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Navigating Motherhood and Work
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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08/04/2008
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A large majority of American mothers work outside the home, navigating career and family life.

 

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Dr. Emily Monosson, author of Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory: Photo by Danielle TumminioDr. Emily Monosson, author of Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory: Photo by Danielle Tumminio A majority of American women, both married and single, with children of all ages, from infants to teens, are working outside the home and lots are working full-time. These days only 30% of married-couple families fit the traditional picture of father as the only breadwinner. For single mothers, work outside the home is critical in order to feed, clothe, house and maintain families. Single mothers who don’t work are much more likely to live in poverty.

The reality of moms who work is changing dynamics in the workplace, dynamics within families and in our larger communities.

Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of the Manhattan-based Families and Work Institute is my guest. She’s been studying America’s changing workplace and workforce for many years. She’s author of over 35 books including Ask the Children: The Breakthrough Study That Reveals How to Succeed at Work and Parenting and is a mother herself. She joins us from the Radio Foundation Studio in New York City.

Emily Monosson will talk about unique challenges women scientists have had and still have to face and we’ll also hear how lessons from motherhood can translate into valuable tools at work.

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