Janet Gornick

Janet C. Gornick is professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center, at the City University of New York.

Recent Articles

Outside the 9-to-5

Some of the fastest-growing professions with nonstandard work hours are dominated by women.

From our pink-collar jobs package, Women's Work:

One in five employees in the United States works mostly at nonstandard times--during the evening, at night, or on rotating shifts--and one in three works on the weekend. Despite their prevalence, nonstandard-hour workers are remarkably invisible, remaining largely off the radar screen of policy-makers, unions, and other groups concerned with jobs, workers, and working conditions.

Atlantic Passages

Many rich countries do a far better job than the United States does of supporting workers who are balancing the competing demands of employment and parenthood. Several European countries, especially in northern and western Europe, provide extensive work/family reconciliation policies -- including paid family leave, public early-childhood education and care, and working-time measures that raise the quality and availability of reduced-hour work. The European Union puts a common floor under several of these national standards.

Reconcilable Differences

In the true marriage relation the independence of the husband and wife is
equal, their dependence mutual and their obligations reciprocal.

-- Lucretia Mott (1793-1880)

Support for Working Families

Four decades of steady growth in female
employment have gone a long way toward closing the job gap between women and men
in the industrialized countries. One of the most striking changes in Europe and
the United States has been the rise in employment among mothers with young
children. Nearly 85 percent of U.S. mothers employed before childbearing now
return to work before their child's first birthday. Although this is an
encouraging trend from the perspective of gender equality in the marketplace, it
is raising a new and difficult question about arrangements in the home: If
everyone is working in the market, who is caring for the children?