This month Working Mother Magazine celebrated its 30th anniversary of supporting issues of work-life balance for women. For the anniversary, the magazine surveyed readers, asking them to indicate positive changes that have occurred in the workplace within the last three decades. This article from The Post Standard reviews the findings from the survey and interviews Suzanne Riss, the editor-in-chief of Working Mother. The short survey revealed that despite the accomplishments made in regards to work-life balance, the largest challenge for working mothers is, overwhelmingly, stress. Suzanne Riss attributes the stress to the increased complications of womens’ lives rather than increased separation from their children. Riss also attributes the economy as a major contributor to women’s stress levels.

“If you look at economic trends right now, the recession is having a huge impact on women, not in the sense that they are losing their jobs, but that more men are losing their jobs than women. So, working moms are facing the additional pressure in a lot of cases of being the sole breadwinner.”

Riss notes that by the end of the year, women may outnumber men in the workforce, giving them power to dictate issues in the workplace. When asked by The Post Standard what she would like to see women achieve with this new freedom, Riss places salary equity and workplace flexibility as top priorities. Riss finishes the interview by imagining America’s workplace thirty years from now; she hopes to see America catch up with the rest of the world in regards to paid paternal leave as well as less gendered work roles for men (stay-at-home dads).

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By Kaitlin Herbert