June 2018
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Reflections on Work & Life
Make This Father’s Day a New Beginning
Brad Harrington, Executive Director
There are times when you don’t need to be an expert on gender issues to realize that the world is trying to tell you something. For years we have listened to the seemingly unending refrain about the gender pay gap. We’ve also heard about the difficult juggling act women have trying to fulfill their profession obligations while still shouldering most of the responsibilities on the home front. 

BCCWF On the Road and
in the News
Brad Harrington and Jennifer Sabatini Fraone will present at the upcoming  WFRN Conference . This bi-annual event features hundreds of scholars and thought leaders from around the world sharing their research and elevating the discourse on issues around work and family. Also at the conference: the announcement of the winner of the 2018  Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award  for Excellence in Work- Family Research.
Welcome Victoria!
We are very pleased to introduce our new Member Relations Specialist, Victoria DiMillo. A 2017 graduate of Boston College, Victoria knows the center well. While Victoria was a student at BC, she cited our research and findings for papers she wrote on work-life issues. She is excited to join the BCCWF team to put her organizational, research and communications skills to work on behalf of our corporate partners and further explore her interests in work-life, human resources, and organizational culture.

BCCWF Events
Executive Director Brad Harrington presented The New Dad: Father's Day Webinar this week. Brad provided a review of the Center's ten years of research on the changing roles of fathers at home and at work. Our fatherhood research has included studies on new dads, at-home dads, paternity leave, a study focusing on Millennial dads and a study looking at fatherhood across generations. You can read all of The New Dad reports on our website .
Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent. Suicide is a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta decided to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Jeff Bezos does not believe in the term “work-life balance,” labeling it a “debilitating phrase,” as cited in Business Insider. Bezos, instead, likens the relationship between the two to a circle. When you’re happier at home, you perform better at work; when you’re happy at work, you’re more present at home. The problem is most employees today don’t feel in control to be able to implement the “circle” framework proposed by Bezos. 

When straight couples divide up the chores of daily life, the duties are often determined by gender. Same-sex couples, research has consistently found, divide up chores more equally. But recent research has uncovered a twist. When gay and lesbian couples have children, they often begin to divide things as heterosexual couples do, according to new data.

Black women continue to be sorely underrepresented in leadership roles in corporate America. Currently, they make up 12.7% of the U.S. population, yet they represent only 1.3% of senior management and executive roles of S&P 500 firms, and there is not a single black female CEO in the Fortune 500. Despite this underrepresentation, a small subset of black women have found success as leaders and played key roles in driving organizational change. 

For many new parents, the experience of welcoming a child comes with only a brief break from the daily grind. In federal offices, one of the most popular baby shower gifts is personal days. Co-workers donate them so a new mom can extend her leave beyond six weeks after giving birth. Currently, 15 percent of employers allow workers to donate their paid time off to other workers, according to SHRM's upcoming employee benefits survey, coming June 19.

Growing numbers of Americans face the immense and often overwhelming challenge of caring for an aging parent or other loved one, a burden that will skyrocket as 76 million baby boomers move into their 80s and need help coping with dementia, cancer, heart disease or just plain frailty and old age. Social trends and medical progress are working against each other. Half of the 35 million family caregivers who now assist older adults have full-time jobs.