Better Life Lab Podcast: Egalitarian Relationships

Season 2, Episode 5: Brigid Schulte explores how the quest for egalitarian relationships are shaped by society and circumstance.
April 12, 2019

Listen to the Better Life Lab podcast on Slate, hosted by Brigid Schulte and produced by David Schulman.

Surveys show that more and more couples, particularly younger ones, say the ideal relationship would be egalitarian. Research shows that egalitarian couples who fairly share work and home responsibilities are happier and healthier, and they have better sex. But are egalitarian partnerships possible, especially when U.S. work culture demands all-out devotion and women still carry the load as primary caregivers and household managers? We talk to an expert who studies egalitarian couples, from an Ethiopian immigrant nurse and Uber driver who shared caregiving because he had to, to the “trailing spouse” with big dreams in a military family, to Amy Nelson, founder and CEO of the Riveter, who had to quit her job as a corporate lawyer and enlist the help of family and friends, all in an effort to reach that egalitarian ideal.
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