A recent study of Harvard Business School graduates found that successful women have partners who not only prioritize these women's careers, but their partners also assume more family responsibilities inside the home. These findings are significant as cultural stereotypes still cast women as primary care givers and even implement a 'motherhood penalty' on working women once they have children.
The issue with these findings, as this Slate article points out, lies in the fact that most partners, according to the survey, fail to prioritize (or even equally value) women's careers. Removing these stereotypes that subdue women's employment worth requires a systematic re-conceptualization of men's and women's duties to their homes, families, and employers. Dividing responsibilities based on individual family situations instead of sex differences is one powerful way to ensure women have equal opportunities in their professional workplaces.
A new study of Harvard Business School graduates from HBS’s Robin Ely and Colleen Ammerman and Hunter College sociologist Pamela Stone shows that high-achieving women are not meeting the career goals they set for themselves in their 20s. It’s not because they’re “opting out” of the workforce when they have kids, but because they’re allowing their partners’ careers to take precedence over their own.