Long, inflexible hours are the norm. But in a tight job market, more companies are offering flexibility on the when and where of work.
Claire Cain MillerWork in America has become all-consuming. It's supposed to define us, and we're supposed to be loyal to it at all costs -- costs like gender equality, burnout, stress, sickness & being stretched too thin.
BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY
Prince Harry’s older brother Prince William also didn’t taken time off from his royal duties after the birth of his three children
Claire Cain MillerAnd we wonder why things are still unequal ...
"He's still dedicated to his royal duties."
"William also didn't take time off from his royal duties after the birth of his three children."
"As for Prince Charles, he also didn't take paternity leave."
Women are struggling to balance work and family, and they're hoping that the latest podcast, book, magazine article, or class is going to offer them an answer.
Claire Cain Miller"Read one more article, buy one more book, take one more class & you might just find the key to escaping the stress" American mothers are obsessed with expert advice. "Yet this crisis requires a societal response, not an individual one." @CaitlynMCollins
Claire Cain MillerWomen are now as educated and prepared for big careers as men. But it's those women who have the biggest gender gaps in seniority & pay. It turns out it's because something else changed, which has nothing to do with gender
Claire Cain MillerI have been writing about gender and work for a long time. But reporting this suddenly made a lot of things click
Kirsten Gillibrand, Pete Buttigieg and the fresh-face fallacy.
Claire Cain Miller“If women in their 40s are ‘in a hurry,’ and women in their 50s are old news, and women in their 60s are just old, when, exactly, is a woman supposed to go to the White House?” @JillFilipovic
Recent data — and interviews with a dozen teens on the front lines of politics — show a decided leftward lean.
Claire Cain MillerPolitical scientists have shown that what happens in politics when people are 14 to 24 shapes the way they vote for the rest of their lives. So we tried to figure out how the Trump Era is molding the next generation of voters. w/ @emilymbadger
Caregivers aren’t supported, and America overlooks their importance.
Claire Cain MillerThis is so true and necessary to read, as always when it's by @aaronecarroll. Caregivers are just as important to health as drugs, procedures and hospital stays, yet in the United States, we give them no support at all.
Research shows they might act more like boys when they’re young, struggling in school, but then face sexism when they’re grown.
Claire Cain MillerThis new finding surprised a lot of the scientists I called to ask about it: Women with twin brothers -- meaning they're exposed to testosterone in the womb -- do worse in school, earn less, marry less and are less likely to have children.
The Princeton scholar, a labor economist known for his early work on the minimum wage, was a Treasury official and the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
Claire Cain Miller“Economics is a social science, and Alan was someone who was really interested in the social part of it as well as the science part of it," said @BetseyStevenson. "He wanted to understand how people were doing, how people were feeling.”
Today’s ‘snowplow parents’ keep their children’s futures obstacle-free — even when it means crossing ethical and legal boundaries.
Claire Cain MillerSnowplow parents have it backward, @DeanJulie told us: “The point is to prepare the kid for the road, instead of preparing the road for the kid."
Claire Cain MillerHelicopter parenting is so 20th century. The new over-involved parents are snowplows: clearing every obstacle, frustration and potential disappointment from their children's path to success. w/ @Jonesieman
Dad shows up at your job interview. Mom makes your medical appointments. The college bribery scandal is an extreme example of a broader pattern.
Claire Cain MillerWhat the parents in the college bribery case did is extreme, privileged & illegal. But it's become the norm that parents should do all they can to help their adult children succeed. Parenting is more expensive, & still hands-on, when children are grown.
Claire Cain MillerThere are bigger forces behind this. It's become harder to be an adult & to be financially secure. And there are tons of benefits to families staying closer throughout their lives. Children care for parents too. But hands-on parenting no longer ends at 18
Nannies and housecleaners have some of the hardest, least secure jobs in the nation. Now they’re organizing to change that.
Claire Cain MillerBy 2030, care workers like nannies & health aides will be the biggest workforce in the U.S. "Change the way we value the labor of domestic workers, she is telling us, and we can upend our current hierarchy of privilege and power." @lehilgers on @aijenpoo
New data on women’s uncertainty over motherhood may reshape how doctors and policymakers think about family planning.
Claire Cain MillerNew data confirms what women have known: Whether you want to be pregnant isn't always clear-cut. Some don't feel it's permissible to want a baby at their stage of life. Some worry about their careers, and others about affording a baby. w/ @sangerkatz
Claire Cain MillerThis quote from a mother who wasn't sure has stuck with me:
“I didn’t not want to have her. I just didn’t want to not be able to give her everything that she needed.”
Stop blaming yourselves. Blame the total lack of social supports.
Claire Cain MillerAmerican mothers are the only women living in rich countries to have no state support when they have babies. They’re also the only ones to blame themselves when it’s stressful. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼@caitymcollins
Democratic congresswomen created a sea of the color, ensuring that neither President Trump nor the viewing public could overlook their message.
Claire Cain Miller"For anyone who has ever thought that the use of clothing as a political tool was frivolous or overstated, or groaned at yet another piece insisting that a woman in a white pantsuit was making a statement, there was no better riposte" @VVFriedman
Claire Cain MillerThis new paper finds that 35% of the recent decline in fertility is probably from a decline in unintended pregnancy. Which means that whatever the reasons that fewer women are deciding to have kids, they're exercising more control over their choice