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Searching for Balance

This discussion group will explore the topic of work-life balance, in particular how women and men in law and other demanding professions negotiate the demands of work and family. Readings will include a wide range of perspectives - current social science research, contemporary fiction, feminist theory, debate in the popular media, comparative studies of other countries. We will consider the factors that make work-life balance so elusive, including government policies (eg, maternity leave and child care); gender roles in the family; the institutional culture and structure of particular workplaces; differences related to race, ethnicity and economic status; and individual choices that men and women make about how to lead lives that they find meaningful.