Saturday, February 14, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Read the entire column to learn more about some of the interesting physiological evidence that supports the argument.
Wall Street is one of the most male-dominated bastions in the business world; senior staff meetings resemble a urologist’s waiting room. Aside from issues of fairness, there’s evidence that the result is second-rate decision-making.“There seems to be a strong consensus that diverse groups perform better at problem solving” than homogeneous groups, Lu Hong and Scott E. Page wrote in The Journal of Economic Theory, summarizing the research in the field.
Some observers praised Mrs. Obama’s foray into the legislative debate, saying the new first lady, who is a Harvard-educated lawyer and a former hospital executive, was eminently qualified to promote the president’s policies.Swarns quotes a scholar who studies first ladies, Myra Gutin:
Others expressed surprise, saying they had expected Mrs. Obama to focus on her daughters and on the traditional issues she had emphasized in the presidential campaign, like supporting military families and working parents.
"She went to some lengths to say she was going to be first mom in chief . . . . I don’t think we ever really imagined her edging toward public policy like this. It’s not like she’s making public policy. But it’s a little less neutral than some of the other things she’s talked about focusing on.”Swarns suggests that Mrs. Obama's recent forays into policy still don't rise to the level of the role Hillary Clinton played in her husband's administration, and she may be right. But tongues certainly wagged about Mrs. Clinton's role as something other than White House hostess.
Perhaps Mrs. Obama will evolve into a more HRC-esque role, which wouldn't bother me. After all, we are often reminded that Mrs. Obama is a Harvard-educated lawyer coming off a high-powered career as a hospital executive. Why would we want that intellect and experience to go to waste?
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Be sure to read what follows on why traditional gender roles are bad for marriage with children . . . it should not surprise us.
The [study] found that the average drop in marital satisfaction was almost entirely accounted for by the couples who slid into being parents, disagreed over it or were ambivalent about it. Couples who planned or equally welcomed the conception were likely to maintain or even increase their marital satisfaction after the child was born.Marital quality also tends to decline when parents backslide into more traditional gender roles.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
This one is about women raising daughters--without men. It is by Emily Bazelon and appeared in the NYT Magazine today.