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Opinion: ‘Let’s stop pretending we are not parents in the workplace’


By Amanda Cassidy
24th May 2019
Opinion: ‘Let’s stop pretending we are not parents in the workplace’

Research has found that the “presence of children” is the main driver of the gender gap in career outcomes because employers can’t accommodate parent’s schedules. Why are we still trying to hide the fact that we have family commitments, wonders Amanda Cassidy?

 


Emily Oster is an economist at Brown University. This week she started a conversation about some of the more subtle aspects of juggling career and parenting. In an essay for The Atlantic, she pointed out the child-shaped elephant in the boardroom. “The general sense is that everyone should adopt the polite fiction that after the first several months of maternity leave, the child disappears into a void from which he or she emerges for viewing and discussing only during nonworking hours.”