Peer-Mentoring and Myths of (Working) Motherhood

June 2, 2010 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

stack of stonesThis week, Naomi Cahn and June Carbone published an article in the Washington Post entitled, Five Myths about Working Mothers.  The authors identified the following myths and offered compelling stats and references that dispute them:

  1. Mothers today spend much less time caring for children than did their parents and grandparents.
  2. Women’s jobs interfere with family life more than men’s.
  3. Mothers with college degrees are more likely than other women to opt out of the workforce.
  4. Women who work are less likely to have successful marriages.
  5. Parents don’t experience discrimination in the workplace.

Peer-mentoring groups can be an important resource for women faculty seeking to attain balance (or at least satisfaction) between their work and family lives.  We have a very active mid-career peer mentoring group, which frequently addresses many of these topics.

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