[Parentsgroup-list] How Working Couples Can Share it ALL: Getting to 50/50

Marissa Olson Hummon marissa.olson at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 18:11:51 EDT 2009

Given the conversation today, I thought folks might be interested in this. I
don't think they are offering babysitting :-)

An invitation from the Office of the Senior Vice Provost:

*_How Working Couples Can Share it ALL:  Getting to 50/50 _*

*Tuesday, April 7, 2009*

*5:00 -- 7:00 p.m.*

*Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge*

*RSVP by April 6, to svp_singer at harvard.edu
<mailto:svp_singer at harvard.edu> or at (617) 495-9143*

A Conversation with the authors of /Getting to 50/50/, Sharon Meers
(Harvard College '86) and Joanna Strober, followed by a discussion with
Harvard working couples.  Reception immediately following the discussion.

Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober are professionals, wives, and mothers
with five young children between them. They understand the challenges
and rewards of two-career households. They also know that families
thrive not /in spite/ of working mothers but /because/ of them. After
interviewing hundreds of parents and employers, surveying more than a
thousand working mothers, and combing through the latest government and
social science research, the authors have discovered that the entire
family all reap huge benefits when couples commit to share equally as
both breadwinners and caregivers. The starting point? An attitude shift
that puts you on the road to 50/50---plus the positive step-by-step
advice in this book. Here are real-world solutions for parents who want
to get ahead in their careers and still meet their family obligations.

Sharon Meers was a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. until April
2005. She serves on the advisory council of the Clayman Institute.
Sharon and her husband, Steve, founded the Partnership for Parity at the
Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Dual-Career Research
Initiative at Harvard.

Joanna Strober is currently a Managing Director of a fund that invests
in private equity partnerships at Sterling Stamos Capital Management.

/Event Sponsored by the Harvard Dual-Career Research Initiative, Office
of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development & Diversity and the
Harvard Human Resources' Office of Work/Life/

/ /


*_Getting to 50/50 Review Quotes:_*

"*Getting to 50/50 *is the first book I've read that gets it 100% right.
As a frantically juggling father and spouse, I learned something
valuable and new from every page. The advice is brilliant, the examples
cogent and compelling, and the tone wise and humorous. For anyone who
wants to enjoy a full career, be a complete parent, and remain a
supportive spouse, this is the book that will help you chart the
way."---Roderick Kramer, William R. Kimball Professor of Organizational
Behavior, Stanford University Graduate School of Business

" Once in a rare while, a book comes along and changes the entire nature
of the discussion. If *Getting to 50/50 *doesn't spark a revolution in
work/life balance, I don't know what will."---Deborah Copaken Kogan,
author of /Between Here and April/ and /Hell is Other Parents
"*Getting to 50/50* solves one of the most important pieces of the
work/life puzzle: the relationship between husbands and wives."
---Sylvia Ann Hewlett, President of the Center for Work-Life Policy and
author of /Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to

/"A creative take on how to balance the demands of work and home.
(Fathers may be surprised to find out how much they can benefit from
these new arrangements.) Parents with children from 1 to 21 should  rush
right out and buy this book."---Carolyn Pape Cowan and Philip A. Cowan,
authors of /When Parents Become Partners: The Big Life Change for Couples/

/"As an organizer for social and economic justice, a true believer in
equality, a working mom, and a woman leader in a male-dominated
sector--the labor movement--I found *Getting to 50/50* right on. It is
full of great advice about how to negotiate for women and their
families."---Anna Burger, Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees
International Union (SEIU)

"Anyone who wants to combine children and careers should read this
book." ---Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

"*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.  I wish this book had existed when
I was raising young daughters." ---Kathleen McCartney, Dean, Harvard
Graduate School of Education

"Yesterday's books were about the war between the sexes. *Getting to
50/50* is a peace-treaty---a solution where both sexes win."---Penelope
Trunk, author of /Brazen Careerist
"A tremendously refreshing and insightful read for parents who want to
meet their career aspirations and raise balanced, happy
children."---Alexandria Albers, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

"Too many women think they have to give up the career they love to have
a happy family.  *Getting to 50/50* shows them how to negotiate with
bosses and husbands so that everybody wins--including the kids. Highly
recommended."---Linda Babcock, coauthor of/ /*Women Don't Ask* and/
/*Ask for It*

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Marissa Olson Hummon

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