SALT LAKE CITY — A growing amount of women entering the workforce requires a great deal of change.
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO of gender consulting firm 20-first, wrote in a Harvard Business Review column that work-family guilt is unnecessary. Changes can be made to public policy, corporate culture and personal priorities to make society more suitable for a feminizing talent pool.
"It would help all of us, men and women, to recognize the need for good policy design at each of these levels," Wittenberg-Cox said in her column. "The objective of every life is to work and love. That shouldn't be a cause for guilt. It should be our shared mandate for change."
As more women enter the workforce and dual-income families continue to rise, economic mobility improves as well.
A Pew study shows how 83 percent of families make more than their parents did, according to an article in the Deseret News. And 93 percent of dual-earner families are making more than their parents, while 77 percent of single-earner families are making more.
"I think that is a really important contribution," said Diana Elliott, research manager at the Economic Mobility Project. "We are finding, increasingly, that mobility is a family enterprise. Part of the mobility gain from this generation compared to the last generation can be attributed to having more dual-earner families."