Family Values


For all of the rhetoric about new gender roles, the ghosts of a past generation still linger. Yes, men cook, and women run marketing departments. But surveys consistently show that husbands’ careers still take priority over those of their wives — and that women still rule at home. Employers fill manuals with “family-friendly” policies, but when it’s crunch time, married workers are pressed into action as if it were 1961 and everyone still had a wife at home. Through policy and culture, the workplace reaffirms the old divide between men and women, and therefore between work and life.

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