Man Up: Gender and the Work-Life Balance Debate
The last year has seen a flurry of conversation about women, work, and success. Missing from much of this? The other 50% of the population.
Research shows that Millennial men feel more conflicted than women about work-family balance, are more likely to ask for flex time, and increasingly say they want their marriages to be equal partnerships. Many are also opting-out of corporate America, launching their own ventures on their own terms.
On the other hand, younger men may be less likely to see sexism as a lingering problem, since so many of them grew up in schools where women held leadership roles. Men still often expect that their own careers will take precedence, and they're behind the rise of a start-up culture that prioritizes family-unfriendly policies like all-night hackathons and 90-hour weeks.
So are Millennial men going to help revolutionize the way we work? Or will they perpetuate the workplace norms we’ve toiled under for decade?
Additional Supporting Materials
- What responsibilities to men have when helping to shape the culture of work?
- What are the stereotypes, cultural norms, and pressures preventing men from being more vocal about workplace equality?
- What does a successful marriage or partnership look like? Does such a thing even exist?
- What role do start-ups have when it comes to the work-life balance question?
- Are there best practices for companies and start-ups when it comes to the gender question?
- Stewart Friedman Wharton School of Management
- Joan Williams University of California
- Jessica Lawrence NY Tech Meetup
- Sarah Green Harvard Business Review
Gretchen Gavett Harvard Business Review
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