The Family and Work Dilemma

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photoEvery family and every mother knows about it. The push-pull tensions around work and home life just don't go away — and especially for women.

Last week, a page one New York Times article hit the stands, saying many female students at the elite Yale University plan to shelve their careers and "happily play a traditional female role, with motherhood their main commitment."

Suddenly the whole complicated battle was boiling again. Critics called the story hogwash and old, a rehash that threw women back on a false choice. Feminists fumed that a new generation of women is still left to make brutal tradeoffs with so little accommodation from society. And families, one by one, struggle to find the way.

Hear about the perpetually unresolved issue and recurring headline of women, motherhood, and work.


Jessica Marsden, Staff Writer for the Yale Daily News;
Diane Brady, Senior Writer for Business Week, and mother of 3 children;
Amy Richards, writer, activist, lecturer and author of the forthcoming book "Opting In: The Case of Motherhood and Feminism";
Jennifer Bresaris, lawyer.

This program aired on September 30, 2005.


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