Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family

Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family

by Stewart D. Friedman

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Overview

Lean in. Opt out. Have it all. None of the above.

A new book based on a groundbreaking cross-generational study reveals both greater freedom and new constraints for men and women in their work and family lives.


Stew Friedman, founding director of The Wharton School’s Work/Life Integration Project, studied two generations of Wharton college students as they graduated: Gen Xers in 1992 and Millennials in 2012. The cross-generational study produced a stark discovery – the rate of graduates who plan to have children has dropped by nearly half over the past 20 years. At the same time, men and women are now more aligned in their attitudes about dual-career relationships, and they are opting out of parenthood in equal proportions. But their reasons for doing so are quite different.

In his new book, Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family, Friedman draws on this unique research to explain why so many young people are not planning to become parents. He reveals good news, that there is a greater freedom of choice now, and bad, that new constraints are limiting people’s options. In light of these present realities, he offers ideas for what we can do as a society, in our organizations, and for ourselves to make it easier for men and women to choose the lives they want.

In this book, Friedman addresses:
+ How views about work and family have changed in the past 20 years
+ Why men and women have different reasons for opting out of parenthood
+ How family has been redefined
+ Why we are all now part of a revolution in work and family
+ What choices we face in our social and educational policy
+ How organizations and individuals – especially men – can spur cultural change

In the debates on work and family, people of all generations are calling for a reasoned, thoughtful, research-driven contribution to the discussion. In Baby Bust, Friedman offers just that: an astute assessment of how far we have come and where we need to go from here.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613630341
Publisher: Wharton Digital Press
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

An insider’s guide to creating your own path to the corner office

How can I reach the C-suite? That is the most common question Cassandra Frangos hears from the executives she coaches. Many aspire to reach the C-suite, but the typical paths to the top are hard to find and difficult to follow.

In Crack the C-Suite Code, Frangos reveals the hidden dynamics for reaching C-suite. She offers expert guidance based on her experience as a consultant at Spencer Stuart and former head of global executive talent at Cisco, a company with 70,000 employees. Her deep research on the topic includes candid interviews with CEOs, hundreds of aspiring C-suite candidates, and the leading experts in the field.

Frangos identifies four core paths you can follow to reach the C-suite: The Tenured Executive, The Free Agent, The Leapfrog Leader, and The Founder. To actively improve your chances for success, she presents:

  • Insider knowledge from current CEOs and well known executives
  • Guiding questions that clarify the risks and rewards associated with each path
  • Accelerators and derailers that either enhance or detract from your chances to succeed
  • Advice on how to leverage your experience, leadership brand, and mindset to help you land on the c-suite short list
  • Insight on how the evolving role of the CEO affects your strategy to reach the top

A career playbook for anyone who aspires to the top spot, Crack the C-Suite Code features advice from successful C-level leaders, including Accompany’s Amy Chang, Goldman Sachs’ Edith Cooper, Nest’s Yoki Matsuoka, Cisco’s Chuck Robbins, and Corning’s Wendell Weeks. These and other top leaders from a broad range of companies, including Microsoft, Google, and General Electric, tell the stories of their success and help aspiring executives crack the C-suite code.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Game Has Changed 1

Chapter 1 How We Got Here 11

Chapter 2 Why Fewer Men Plan to Have Children Now 29

Chapter 3 Why Fewer Women Plan to Have Children Now 39

Chapter 4 Redefining Family 49

Chapter 5 We Are All Part of the Revolution 65

Conclusion: An Invitation to Help Spur Cultural Change 87

Acknowledgments 89

Notes 93

Index 707

About the Author 105

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