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CoastLine: Gender Roles And Barriers to Career Advancement For Women

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Men are taking on more responsibility in the household today than they did a generation ago.  But according to the Pew Research Center, women are still doing the majority of the domestic work.  That’s true across the spectrum – including couples in which both people work full-time outside the home.  So what does this mean for a career professional who is female? 

While moving up the ladder, women also struggle with  what sociologists call the “double bind”.  It’s a pervasive cultural attitude, often unconscious, that requires women are to be nice and friendly but also tough and decisive at work.  And if a working woman decides to have children, University of Massachusetts sociologist Michelle Budig says, she is making the worst possible move for her career.

To help us understand why – and what other implicit biases affect a woman’s pay, career prospects, and self-image, we have:

Jean-Anne Sutherland, Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Emilyanne Aurelius, Co-Founder and CEO of Cape Fear Women in Tech

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.
Rachel is a graduate of UNCW's Master of Public Administration program, specializing in Urban and Regional Policy and Planning. She also received a Master of Education and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and French Language & Literature from NC State University. She served as WHQR's News Fellow from 2017-2019. Contact her by email: rkeith@whqr.org or on Twitter @RachelKWHQR