Mar 8 • 40M

Claudia Goldin: 100 Years of Women Combining (or not) Career & Family

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You are likely to live longer than you think. Are you ready? Science has gifted us ever longer, 100-year lives. This impacts… everything! From couples and careers - to companies and countries. We’ll interview the experts who are exploring the consequences – and the individuals applying it to their own lives and choices. Generational and gender expert Avivah Wittenberg-Cox talks with people designing new ways of living, working and loving at all ages – across life’s 4 quarters.
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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.

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