Sunday, January 31, 2010

Follow-up: Audio fro last week's interview

You can directly download the audio from the interview I conducted for Fem 2.0 last week: The Three Faces of Work-Life Balance. (Leanr more about the entire series at the Fem 2.0 radio channel at TalkShoe.)

The Fem 2.0 folks, particularly Gloria Pan, have done a tremendous job with an ambitious undertaking to thoroughly examine work-life issues, both broadly, and from the perspective of various niches. By doing that they are trying to go beyond the conversations we've all already had, which I can appreciate. Some episodes focus on those niches, like singletons, men, and different diverse communities. My episode was setting the table. Reviewing the major conclusions from a new study on work-life balance.

I definitely learned some things I didn't know about how our society today compares to 30 and 40 years ago.

So, take a listen.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Join me for a conversation about work-life balance

Last year I was proud to sign on to the inaugural Fem 2.0 Conference as a plenary speaker, and this year I'm proud to be conducting the kick-off interview in a new series they're producing for a campaign called: Wake Up! This is the Reality!

I'll be interviewing the publishers of a new study on, well, just how messed up we are in this area of American life. Here's the description and the details:

The Three Faces of Work/Family Conflict: Can Americans Care For Their Families Without Losing Their Jobs?
Monday, January 25, 11:30 AM EST, here

Host: Gloria Pan
Heather Boushey, Senior Economist, Center for American Progress

Elisa Camahort Page, Co-Founder, BlogHer

Joan Williams, Director, Center for WorkLife Law at University of California - Hastings

Elisa Camahort Page interviews Joan Williams and Heather Boushey about their new report, The Three Faces of Work/Family Conflict. To be released later this month by the Center for American Progress and the Center for WorkLife Law, the report looks at the impact of work policies on American workers and families at different income levels, revealing the all-too-common, gut-wrenching choices Americans face between being able to care for loved ones and being able to pay the bills.  

You'll be able to send in your questions during the interview, so there will be an opportunity for live Q&A.

I've read the preliminary research report we'll be discussing, and I can tell you there some some findings that did give me pause. The media storyline about work/life balance really tends to focus on just a couple of archetypical situations...there are a whole lot of people whose stories are not getting told.

Hope you'll join us!

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