Family, Gender, Social Problems

Work-Life Conflict Doesn’t Stop After Maternity Leave

By Jessica Grose

June 17, 2019

Here’s a math problem: You have two working parents and two children, one of whom has a seemingly endless configuration of end-of-the-school-year special activities. On Monday there is a theater performance at 2:15 p.m. On Tuesday there’s a class breakfast at 8:30 a.m. On Wednesday someone has to run to the 24-hour pharmacy for hair spray at 11 p.m. because they forgot that crazy hair day is Thursday and there wasn’t enough “crazy” in their house. On Friday there’s field day and honestly who knows how long that will take.

How do these parents Jenga their schedules to both please their children and keep their jobs?

Gender, Social Problems

Which Box Do You Check? Some States Are Offering a Nonbinary Option
As nonbinary teenagers push for driver’s licenses that reflect their identity, a fraught debate over the nature of gender has arrived in the nation’s statehouses.

By Amy Harmon

May 29, 2019

BOSTON — Ever since El Martinez started asking to be called by the gender-neutral pronouns “they/them” in the ninth grade, they have fielded skepticism in a variety of forms and from a multitude of sources about what it means to identify as nonbinary.

Family, Social Problems

Victory for Fathers in a Parental Leave Case That Could Be a Harbinger

Derek Rotondo, the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase over parental leave, with his son Lincoln. The company announced that it had reached a tentative settlement in the case

By Noam Scheiber

May 30, 2019

For years, scholars, activists and mothers have criticized policies that place the burden of child-rearing overwhelmingly on women. Increasingly, fathers are joining the criticism of these policies — and asserting their legal rights to challenge them

Family, Social Movements, Social Problems, Socialization

Opinion: Parents and parenting American moms: let’s stop feeling guilty and start getting mad, by Katherine Goldstein. Even Planned Parenthood is mistreating its mothers in a country where they face discrimination and farcical expectations Wed 13 Feb 2019. Image: mother and child ‘Mothers today are doing just as much hands-on parenting as stay-at-home mothers did in the 1970s.’