PDV 108 — Motherhood and Work: Challenges and Opportunities for Positive Change
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Oct 29
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Sep 26
Instructor(s): Kristi Rible Scobie
It is 2020 yet the challenges and stereotypes surrounding working mothers have persisted for decades. American working mothers are often perceived as being maxed-out and under-supported. “The motherhood penalty,” the “double-burden syndrome,” and the “second shift” are examples of terms used to describe the realities that mothers often face when managing both their paid work and “unpaid work” such as household responsibilities and caring for children and family. Add in the shelter-in-place due to COVID-19, and working mothers are categorically one of the most time-impacted groups. This course will examine the challenges and opportunities faced by working parents, particularly working mothers, as they navigate the confluence of career and parenting. We will begin with an understanding of the “opt-in” versus “opt-out” debate, looking at Sheryl Sandberg’s “lean-in” philosophy versus Anne-Marie Slaughter’s contention that women cannot “have it all.” We’ll compare working mother experiences across global geographies and develop effective strategies for opening up the dialogue around topics such as equity agreements at home, leadership tactics at work, and a look forward to the future of work for mothers and parents. A combination of lecture and discussion, this course will equip working mothers, mothers who are considering returning to work after children, and other working parents with tactics and strategies to affect positive change at work and at home.
Kristi Rible Scobie, Founder, The Huuman GroupKristi Rible Scobie's company works with organizations to humanize their workplace through cultural literacy and gender balance leadership initiatives. She has over two decades of leadership experience working for both public and startup ventures in emerging and developed markets throughout the world. She received an MBA in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.