Claudia Goldin: 100 Years of Women Combining (or not) Career & Family
For International Women’s Day, Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is delighted to have Professor Claudia Goldin join her on 4-Quarter Lives. Claudia is Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Gender in the Economy Study Group. Her research uses history to explore the origins of issues in the present, particularly with regard to women’s lives and careers. She has explored the history of women’s search for career and family, co-education in higher education, the impact of “The Pill” on career and family decisions, women’s surnames after marriage as a social indicator, the reasons why women are not the majority of undergraduates and the new lifecycle of women’s employment.
Professor Goldin’s most recent book, published in 2021, is Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey toward Equity. In it she provides a history of all these factors in women’s advancement and concludes with the impact of the pandemic on women’s careers and couple equity. As she and Avivah discuss in this episode, lengthening lives and careers is an important part of this story of a century of progress, stumbling blocks and future opportunities for both men and women around the world.
Claudia Goldin: Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey toward Equity. (Princeton University Press)
Claudia Goldin: Wikipedia Bio.
‘A Century of Women, Work – and Juggling Family’ – Forbes Article by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox