The Real Glass Ceiling is at Home

It’s worth reading Linda Hirschman’s article "Homeward Bound."  She argues that the real glass ceiling isn’t in the executive suite, but the home.  Hirschman surveyed high-powered brides and grooms from the New York Times wedding section and tracked their career choices over time.  Almost all chose to stay home.  She argues that these well-educated, high powered women would lead richer lives if couples made choices that enabled women to stay in the workplace full time to pursue careers and if society were better at supporting those choices by providing child care.  Hirschman offers different provocative yet constructive take that what Maureen Dowd’s been writing about in the Times and in her new book.

One thought on “The Real Glass Ceiling is at Home

  1. Ted Bongiovanni

    Elite jobs? I wonder if teaching is considered an elite job. Pre K teaching involves such remedial work as potty training as it wasn’t covered in “day care 101.”
    My claim to fame in pre K and K has been “shoe tying 503.” This is a graduate level course for day care 101 students in double knotting.
    I have also done support work in “hair picking up 602” this is a doctoral level course for teachers who need help after a day pulling their hair out as they say some of these kids are impossible, so they pull their hair out. I haven’t done well with this one.
    As far as the autistics, a d d’s and such, I am not qualified to comment. But some of them are the nicest kids when on their meds you would ever like to see, off meds, though still loveable, oh well back to “602.”


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *