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Authors to Address How Couples Can Achieve Work-Life Balance

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women and Chancellor’s Council on Faculty Life welcome the campus community to meet authors Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober, who will discuss their book, Getting to 50/50: How Working Couples Can Have It All by Sharing It All.

The event is scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, in Cole Hall on the Parnassus campus. A continental breakfast will be served. To attend this event, please respond to [email protected].

Sharon Meers

The book presents an action plan for couples, based on the simple belief that to achieve a successful work-life balance, there must be equal participation by both parents. The authors offer a blueprint for how to successfully work with a spouse or partner, boss, and others to fully embrace a 50/50 solution and tackle the conflicting priorities of child care, job demands and home-life responsibilities.

To learn more about the authors and their messages, go to their website. Copies of their book will be available for purchase at both the event and the University Store.

Joanna Strober

Among those praising the book is Kathleen McCartney, PhD, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She says, “Getting to 50/50 builds on what the latest research tells us: that children can thrive with two working parents and that fathers and mothers play equally important roles. It shows parents how to push back at 24/7 work demands and is filled with fresh insights from men and women who are successfully combining careers and family. I wish this book had existed when I was raising young daughters.”

In fact, just in time for this weekend, Amazon has included the book on its Mother’s Day recommended books list.

Related Links:

Business Books: Getting to 50/50
Time Magazine, April 2, 2009

Nine to Five
Forbes, April 1, 2009

Women Step Up as Men Lose Jobs
USA Today, March 19, 2009

Surviving the Downturn – as Husband and Wife
BusinessWeek, March 16, 2009