Sunday, October 18, 2009

Women Take Over NBC's Meet the Press (Video)

Maria Shriver and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett discuss the status of women on NBC's traditionally hypermasculine Meet the Press, if you can believe it. This is the first installment of a promised full week of media attention paid to women, or: The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation. Should be interesting.

I haven't had time to listen to the show or read the report yet, but not surprisingly attention is paid to women's commitment to the second shift, or the continued unfairness of the gendered labor division of unpaid carework, aka the work/family conflict. Here's something from Jezebel:

"Sixty-five percent of men and women surveyed felt that the decrease in children growing up with a stay-at-home parent has been somewhat or very negative for American society," though the solution, amongst those surveyed, doesn't appear to be "Well, make the women stay home," as much as a desire for employers to consider more flexibility in hours, better benefits, and more realistic view on what it means to be an American family in today's society.