PDV 108 — Motherhood and Work: Challenges and Opportunities for Positive Change
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 14—Nov 18
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 16
Instructor(s): Kristi Rible
Class Recording Available: Yes
Millions of women were driven out of the workforce between 2020 and 2021, the majority of whom have been mothers. The realities and stereotypes surrounding working mothers have persisted for decades and the pandemic amplified the existing challenges. American working mothers are 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. Is work-life balance possible? In this course, we will examine that question through a close look into the challenges and opportunities faced by working parents, particularly working mothers, as they navigate the confluence of career and caregiving. We will begin by reviewing the trends that led to our caregiving crisis and the debate on “opting-in” versus “opting-out” from current and historical perspectives. We’ll explore working mother experiences across global geographies, the policies that impact mothers, effective strategies for initiating dialogue around gendered division of labor at home, leadership tactics at work, and the future for working mothers. A combination of lecture and discussion, this course will equip working mothers, mothers who are considering returning to work after caregiving leave, and other working parents with tactics and strategies for positive change at work and at home.
Kristi Rible’s company works with organizations to humanize the workplace through leadership and coaching initiatives that improve intelligence across culture, gender, generation, and emotion. She received an MBA in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Founder, The Huuman Group
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.