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Wednesday AM October 20th, 2010

A new study offers a look at the issues faced by working mothers. Ed Mayberry reports.


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business walking womanA new study from Working Mother called “Career vs. Paycheck: The Working Mother Report” finds that both men and women feel a deep ambivalence when wives out-earn their husbands. Those women were more likely than men to say that domestic chores should be split down the middle, but fewer than half say their spouses do their fair share. But the magazine’s Jennifer Owens says the biggest find is the importance of the subtle difference of whether a woman views her work as a career or just a job.

“Well, we surveyed men and women, dads and moms nationwide. We talked to 4,600 people. The big thing that we heard the most was the importance of career. If you view your work as a career — it doesn’t have anything to do with pay — then you are happier at work, you are having better balance with your partner on, you know, household chores, and all that. You see better prospects for your children. It permeates your entire life.”

More working mothers than fathers says they would work part time if they could still have a meaningful career. The report finds that working mothers are more favorably viewed by male managers, regardless of whether they have kids themselves.

“The most surprising thing in your workplace relationships, we found, was that the strongest ally tends to be a male manager, even more so than like another working mother supporting you at work. We wanted to look at the stresses of being a working mother. You know, just kind of how are you balancing it? How are you working? How do you feel about your work? What’s missing from your work? You know, how much do feel your opinion counts at work? Just kind of all the hard and soft data that go into your life as a working mother.” 

The Working Mother Report coincides with the 25th anniversary of Working Mother Best 100 Companies.

To view the Working Mother article, visit “Career vs. Paycheck: The Working Mother Report”.

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