Women Say Balanced Relationships Are Not An Option If Their Work Conditions Don’t Improve
Cosmopolitan reports, researchers Sarah Thébaud and David S. Pedulla reveal in their new study that more women would actively “lean in” their careers if they were afforded flexible scheduling, parental leave and subsidized health care. By using the term “lean in” (coined by Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg ) women would be striving to acquire senior level positions in their workplace, however, the Thébaud and Pedulla’s study shows women between the ages of 18 and 32 believe their work and life balance would have to be an ideal utopia before that can happen.
Sixty-five percent of the women who participated in the study were completing their undergraduate studies or had college degrees. They all desired egalitarian relationships, though 30 percent of women did not crave balanced relationships with their partner unless their workplace policies improved. During an interview with Cosmopolitan, Thébaud stated:
“Basically [the study shows] that if we were to have broader, wider access to these kinds of policies, we would see more and more women taking up a greater share of employment and men taking up a greater share of caregiving. Now, on average, we still see men as the ones who are primarily responsible for earning income, but if these workplace policies were in place, men would help with caregiving and that would help women lean in to their careers more. That would enable everyone to have what the majority of people want, which is egalitarian relationships.”
After President Obama’s State Of The Union address, many women can look forward to paid and sick family leave as a benefit in the upcoming years. The President noted in his speech:
“In today’s economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality childcare more than ever. It’s not a nice-to-have — it’s a must-have. It’s time we stop treating childcare as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us. And that’s why my plan will make quality childcare more available, and more affordable, for every middle-class and low-income family with young children in America — by creating more slots and a new tax cut of up to $3,000 per child, per year.”
By having more affordable childcare, mothers can focus on their relationships with their partners, strive to take more career opportunities and create the balance they deserve in.