Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play when no one has the time

I have encouraged every woman I know to read this book. I wish every man would  read it too - it would change the world.

“When women began working in a man’s world, their lives changed completely. Yet workplace cultures, government policies, and cultural attitudes, by and large, still act as though it is, or it should be, 1950 in Middle America: Men work. Women take care of home and hearth. Fathers provide. A good mother is always available to her children. But obviously, life isn’t so sharply divided anymore. And until attitudes, however unconscious, catch up with the way we really live our lives, the overwhelm will swirl on. Nowhere is that disconnect between expectations and reality more apparent than when a woman has a child. Time studies find that a mother, especially one who works outside the home for pay, is among the most time-poor human on the planet, especially single mothers, weighted down not only by role overload but what sociologists call “task density”—the intense responsibility she bears and the multitude of jobs she performs in each of these roles.” –Brigid Schulte, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play when no one has the time

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