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Massachusetts Singles Out Gender Equity in the Workplace As Its Next Big Challenge

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Massachusetts is known for being in the vanguard on controversial issues. Same-sex marriage in 2004. Check. Health care reform in 2006. Check. Next up on the list: gender equity in the workplace. The drive to accelerate gender balance in the workplace is in the air in Massachusetts. Last fall I blogged about the Manbassadors, a group of male allies at …

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Men at the Harvard Business School: An Unexpected Voice for Redefining Success

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Something exciting is happening along the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. The voice of men at the Harvard Business School — future business leaders of tomorrow — have joined with their female counterparts to support gender equality, including better work-life balance for all. During National Work and Family Month, this is surely cause for celebration. In the fall of 2013, …

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How Much Is Enough?

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The hustle and bustle of the holiday season seems a perfect time to ask “how much is enough?” It’s a question I ponder frequently, especially as I notice my strong tendency to be planning, organizing, executing — doing, doing, doing. For so many families, too much in key aspects of our lives — work, parenting, consuming — collectively makes us …

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An Untold Story: The Work-Life Struggles of Men With Stay-at-Home Wives

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National Work and Family Month seems a particularly good time to call out a group we rarely associate with work-life struggles, men with stay-at-home wives. It’s easy to conclude that men in traditional families have few limitations on their work availability. There is a deep bias that these men can work very long days, travel often — on short notice …

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Why the ‘Less Ambitious’ Man Is the Secret to Better Work-Life Balance for All

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Highly ambitious men are generally considered very desirable as both leaders and mates. But recent news out of Harvard Business School and the 10th Anniversary of National Work and Family Month got me thinking about how the “less ambitious” man is the real key to making better work-life balance — and gender equality — a reality. Let me explain. In …

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Pondering the Light and “Dark Side” of How We Work

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Hunkering down during superstorm Sandy, like so many on the East Coast this week, I kept thinking about how work is quite different from when I entered the professional workforce in the 1980s. As an investment analyst in my early career, I went into the office in the morning, spent the lion’s share of the day at my desk or …

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The Pressure to Have It All and the Need to Redefine Success

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In 1963 Betty Friedan articulated “the problem with no name” as the pressure women experienced to feel fulfilled only by their roles as wives and mothers. I contend that nearly 50 years later we have a new problem with no name, the pressure to feel fulfilled only by “having it all.” And what does all mean? It is an ambitious …

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One Dad’s Journey of Parental Leave

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Roy Marden was the last person anyone — even his wife — thought would be the primary care taker for his infant daughter. He admittedly felt ambivalent about the idea of becoming a parent. He thoroughly enjoyed the lifestyle that he and his wife, Charon, could afford with two careers and no children. Roy runs his own business as a …

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