Only 9% of American mothers work more than 50 hours a week, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, explaining in part why the percentage of women in top jobs has stalled at 14%. Most women refuse to work those long hours because it would mean being outside the home from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and they want to see their kids awake.
Men would like to see their children, too, but working excessive hours has become a badge of honor: “I am slammed” is a socially acceptable way of saying “I am so important.” Women don’t buy it, and they aren’t moving up. If organizations are serious about promoting women, and women are serious about becoming leaders, they’ll have to address work/life balance.
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