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Friday, 22 February 2008

Childfree Women's Overtime Burden

Today is a day for finding relevant news paper articles about this decision

This article points out that women who don't have children do much more overtime than both working mothers and men who either do or don't have children.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2008/feb/22/workandcareers.gender?gusrc=rss&feed=uknews

3 comments:

Flowerpot said...

well of course - they don't have the time restraints enforced by having to pick up children/being back for bathtime etc. Mind you, I suppose those with nannies could do taht.

Sass E-mum said...

I've been thinking about that article too. Perhaps some employers think single women don't have a life outside of work.

But I think it's got more to do with women progressing their careers as far as possible in order to improve their negotiating position for flexible working conditions in the event of becoming a parent at some time down the line.

Of course, they wouldn't tell their employers that. But I bet many employers value their ability to 'see the bigger picture', 'play the long game', etc etc.

decided said...

I do not want children. I do want to have an interesting and fulfilling career. I want a happy and fun home and social life even more.

My boss didn't think that my social commitments were as important as other colleagues' family commitments, so I was expected to work more overtime hours than them. I left that job.

Now I am working 20 hours a week and studying full time. It's incredibly busy and very fulfilling. I no longer feel like I am taken advantage of because of my childfree status.