Top 5 Articles Shaking Up the Femme-Sphere and Caregiving-Sphere

If it has something to do with the advancement of women, mothers, and working parents, I’m there for it.

It seems like the first half of 2019 has been a wave of awareness centered around working parents and caregiving - whether it is advocating for better parental leave or flexible work, to understanding why the advancement of women have stalled, to the general bias that moms and dads face in the work place.

Here are the Top 5 articles and research we’ve found to be pretty compelling:

1) NY Times Magazine // Why Aren’t More Women Advancing in Corporate America?

“From the 1970s into the 1990s, women made serious progress in the workplace, achieving higher positions, closing the gender wage gap and moving into male-dominated fields. Then that progress stalled, especially at the top. Why?”

2) Harvard Business Review // To Make the Case for Paternity Leave, Dads Will Have to Work Together

“Twenty-nine percent of organizations now offer some paid leave for fathers, up from 21% a few years ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. And steadily, more states are creating paid family leave insurance programs, which include leave for new fathers.

But overall, the picture is bleak. Seventy-one percent of organizations notoffering paternity leave is nothing to celebrate. Even among large businesses with at least 10,000 employees, almost half (48%) lack paternity leave. Worse, when paternity leave is offered, the pressures on men not to take it are often extreme. Some new dads have been fired, demoted and lost job opportunities for doing so.”

3) The Female Quotient // Modern Guide to Equality

“Women are putting themselves into the equation. They’re earning more college degrees than men, they’re remaining in the workforce at the same rate as men, and they’re running for office in record numbers. They’re chasing ambitious career goals and they’re pursuing promotions and raises. The success of female candidates at the polls has led many to call 2018 the Year of the Woman — a moniker recycled from 1992, when a then-record number of women were elected to the House and Senate. While these inroads are remarkable, we don’t seek just a year of success; we seek a world where female successes are the norm.”

4) Harvard Business Review // Women of Color Get Less Support at Work. Here’s How Managers Can Change That.

“… the factors preventing women of color from advancing at work are quite different from those holding white women and even men of color back.

These include microaggressions, double standards, and unconscious bias to name a few. A 2006 survey of employees from five large U.S. companies found that women of color are most likely to experience workplace harassment among all groups. They are often held to a much higher standard than their white and male peers and presumed to be less qualified despite their credentials, work product or business results.

Perhaps even more alarming, they receive less support from their managers, according to the same McKinsey and Leanin.org study.” 

5) Wall Street Journal // Employers Need to Address ‘Caregiving Crisis',’ Study Finds

“Almost three quarters of U.S. workers face some kind of caregiving responsibility. 32% say they have left a job because they couldn’t balance work and family duties, and more than 80% say their responsibilities at home keep them from doing their best at work. And 28% said their caregiving obligations had hurt their careers because they didn't receive challenging assignments or because they had been passed over for raises or promotions.”