Dana Sumpter Authors Op-ed in Professional Woman's Magazine on Dual-Career Households Challenges During COVID-19
As of 2019 there were nearly 45 million working parents in the U.S. with 15 million being a part of a dual-career household. During the pandemic many households were under tremendous pressure to work, care for their children, assist with distant learning, attend to household needs, and do their jobs. In summer 2020 Dana Sumpter and her colleague Mona Zanhour conducted a study interviewing 54 working mothers to learn more about who’s job wins in a dual-career household. Sumpter sheds light on how gender stereotypes affect many workplace norms, such as how women are given performance feedback and how they are paid. These stereotypes also affect the home life where women are more likely to take on their “second shift” of unpaid work at home. Using her research findings, Sumpter and Zanhour share three tips on how working mothers can negotiate more time and space to do their jobs and regain control at work and home.
The full article is available at Professional Woman’s Magazine website or Professional Woman’s Magazine Spring 2021 print edition.