Recently, a WIHL member brought to my attention a new study done by the Harvard Business School focusing on their female alumni. The study suggests that women's under-representation in the higher levels of the workforce aren't (only) due to lack of interest or "leaning out" but rather to a mismatch between their expectations and the reality of balancing work and family life.
As outlined in a recent New York Times article, men from the study expressed the idea that they assumed that when they entered the workforce, their job would take precedent over their female wives', and that their wives would be primarily responsible for taking care of their children and home lives. Women on the other hand expressed that they assumed that their career would have an equal pull as their male spouses', and that after they had children, both spouses would be working equally. The study found that this misconception, as well as employer's beliefs, contributes to why women are not reaching the levels that they would wish to in their careers.
What do you all think of this study's findings? In this author's opinion, this study's results make logical sense, and it's interesting to examine the data on it. What do you all think could be done to help remedy the situation? And what populations of women are left out in this conversation?
Here's the New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/upshot/even-among-harvard-graduates-women-fall-short-of-their-work-expectations.html?_r=0&abt=0002&abg=0
Post by Kristin Harden, a first-year HBHE student
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