Working Parents in High-Powered Jobs

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Media Outlet: Time

Female breadwinning is a reliably inflammatory topic. Earlier this year, when the Pew Research Center published a study showing that mothers are now the sole or primary earners in 40 percent of households with children, an all-male Fox News panel practically spontaneously combusted with anxiety, worrying that men are ceding their natural “dominant” place. On Sunday, the New York Times published a front-page piece about the rise in women bankers with stay-at-home husbands. This time, objections were raised by more progressive observers who argued that these women’s success is hardly to be celebrated; it just means they are giving in to a rotten corporate culture that requires insane work hours.


Liza Mundy is a senior fellow at New America, and the former director of the organization’s Breadwinning and Caregiving program. She is the author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.