Work-Life Balance – “Getting to 50/50”

Sharon Meers

Sharon Meers

Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober are professionals with demanding careers in addition to their responsibilities as wives and parents.

Their book, Getting to 50/50: How Working Couples Can Have It All by Sharing It All, presents an action plan for couples to negotiate work-life balance (“have it all”), through equal participation so both partners “win.”

Joanna Strober

Joanna Strober

Many will question the feasibility and desirability of “having it all,” but the book’s practical suggestions on managing the sometimes conflicting demands of job, child-care, home-life, couple-relationship, and extended family responsibilities have been well-received by both men and women.

Meers and Strober conducted interviews with parents and employers, surveys with working mothers, and a comprehensive review of current social science research to conclude that children and parents benefit from equal partnership: Mothers work with less guilt, fathers bond more with their kids, and children have attention from two involved parents.

In addition to the tactical suggestions, Meers and Strober acknowledge that the foundation of this social change is based on acting on a new model of equal participation, and advocating for this model in the workplace and in social contexts.

-*What actions have helped you move toward “50/50”?

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