Family Meltdown: Why the Nuclear Family Is Not the Model for Women Leaders' Success
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I started with grandmas and will end with “ grandma-proxies," the subject of much research. A high proportion of the many women who are current world leaders are also grandmothers who rose to prominence. But when they were young they had their own literal or figurative female elders and extended families, and if lucky, a truly family-friendly social contract in place, to help them rise.
So long as American women are confronted with indifferent institutions – brittle and out-of-touch nuclear family ideals, inflexible and demanding workplaces, inadequate government policies – that shrink the amount of time and energy a woman is expected to devote to family in the face of expanded work-related responsibility, it’ll be harder to see more women like Anne-Marie Slaughter and the young women behind her test the upper limits of their abilities.
We can decry it, or together change each institution to reflect our realities.