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We Have Less Maternity Leave Than Pakistan? 5 Things That Would Make Your Job Humane

Everyone's talking about work-life balance, but here are some concrete ways we might actually achieve it.

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The fictional women of 9 to 5 had it right. More options like this, more flexibility, and less demand for specific hours will improve both balance and productivity--and the tax code should encourage it.  As Bryce Covert notes, reducing workloads across the board--not just for women--will improve everyone's quality of life without reinforcing gendered notions.  

"But calling for all workers to put in fewer hours and have more access to time off will affect men and women alike. Unlike some policies that reinforce the assumption that women do the domestic duties, reducing our workloads gives men just as much time to care for children, cook meals and sweep floors.  

She's right that a lack of balance contributes to sexist norms. The double advantage of increased work-life balance across the board is that it helps erode the "second shift" of unpaid work by women.

Sarah Seltzer is an associate editor at AlterNet and a freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has been published at the Nation, the Christian Science Monitor, Jezebel and the Washington Post. Follow her on Twitter at @fellowette and find her work at

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