Thanks to Our Wonder Woman Experts

Published on Topic: Wonder Woman

For each of our SheByShe survey projects, we seek out a 'topic expert' to aid us in creating the survey and in analyzing the results. Each of these topic experts brings invaluable domain expertise to our project, and helps ensure that our surveys are credible and accurate.

We want to take this opportunity to thank two topic experts who have provided immeasurable assistance for our "Wonder Woman: Work-Life Balance" project:  Marianne Cooper, sociologist at The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, and lead researcher for the best-selling book, Lean In:  Women, Work, and the Will to Lead  by Sheryl Sandberg; and Alexander Watts, Stanford University researcher and doctoral candidate.

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This opinion survey mirrors larger societal trends. Today, the majority of mothers are providing for their families while raising their children. American women derive a lot of satisfaction from both their work and their families, but doing both means that women have a lot on their plate. In order to keep life chugging along, women often have to make a series of small, incremental compromises in order to shoulder heavy demands.
— Marianne Cooper, sociologist at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University.
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It is a great irony that, despite the technological innovations and progress of our society, work-life balance remains a persistent problem for so many women. One would presume that the increasing numbers of mothers in the workplace would expedite the implementation of legislation and workplace policies to help families manage work-life balance. But that does not seem to be the case. Workplaces and public policy continue to be grounded in an outdated, Leave-it-to-Beaver myth of the American family.
— Alexander Watts, Stanford University researcher and doctoral candidate.