Contrary to what you might expect, those with more control over their work schedule work more than those with less control. In fact, people have a tendency to work more overtime hours once they are allowed to work flexibly, compared to when they were not.
"The survey of thousands of business school graduates showed that men had slightly higher salaries right out of the gate. But the most astounding thing happened nine years later: The distance between men and women's salaries more than doubled"
Many universities have adopted tenure-extension policies that give new parents greater flexibility. In practice, these policies are usually gender-neutral, giving fathers an extra year to establish their reputations, just like mothers.
Includes quotes with WFRN member and former WFRN Executive Committee Member, Kathleen Gerson
"One might have predicted that as women began to join the workplace, it became not just important, but essential, for women as well as men to have some kind of a thriving work life, and that we would then start to redefine the ideal worker model," Gerson said. "The irony is, instead of doing that, the opposite has occurred."
"But why does everyone need to follow the same career path anyway? Wouldn't it make good sense for partners who have children to have complementary career cycles? Smart young couples will want to plan more holistic, dual career families, rather than individual ones, where each partner could have a slightly different, but mutually supportive, pacing. One partner could run the 30-to-50 sprint, the other a longer marathon."
"Fortunately, there are measures that policymakers can take to establish fair pay practices, combat pay discrimination and close the wage gap. But to do so, they must have a clear understanding of the underlying problems and the solutions that could make a difference by improving workplace practices.
Half of the gender wage gap is due to women working in different occupations and sectors than men. Improving women’s access to good middle-skill jobs can help close the wage gap and improve women’s economic security. The IWPR's Pathways to Equity Initiative shows job changes that can improve women’s economic standing and meet employers’ demands for skilled workers.