Throughout the month of October — National Work & Family Month — we have been looking at a variety of issues and topics involving working families. Here’s a recent article on The Huffington Post by Chai R. Feldblum and Katie Corrigan, “A Woman’s Nation Demands Workplace Flexibility.”
Here’s an excerpt:
This week, Maria Shriver released a report on the status of women in America – and on the radical transformations that have taken place in our society as a result of women’s entrance into the workforce. “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything” examines the tremendous impact women have in the 21st century economy. But it also reveals the implications of women’s changing economic status on the social and cultural institutions that define us – from government, business, and faith-based organizations to our individual communities and families.
Workplace flexibility is one of the priorities for the White House Task Force on Middle-Class Working Families and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Office. Indeed, at the Corporate Voices for Working Families Annual Meeting in May, Mrs. Obama called for a broad, national conversation on how we can best support working parents – particularly through policies providing sick leave, increased maternity leave, and flexible work arrangements.
Mrs. Obama’s call for increased workplace flexibility rings in harmony with Maria Shriver’s report. If women – and men, for that matter – are to reach their full potential in the workplace, then workplace structures must evolve to allow them full, meaningful participation in their families and communities. Our hope is that the Shriver Report will help spur a high-level, national conversation on the need to shift the structures of our workplaces to meet the realities facing working families today. Our goal at Workplace Flexibility 2010 is to move that conversation forward – toward common-sense public policy solutions that will weave workplace flexibility into the fabric of the American workplace.
And here’s the post by Donna Klein — “How We Have Failed Working Families, And What We Can Do About It” – that appears on The Huffington Post in conjunction with National Work & Family Month.
Publications, research studies and toolkits on a host of work/life and work and family balance issues are available on the Corporate Voices Web site.