For women of my generation, it was the "juggling act." Jobs, marriage, children, homes, and aging parents were the balls we added, tossing them in the air as our lives filled up and praying they wouldn't come crashing down on our heads. Younger women, many of whom watched their working moms try to "have it all," seem determined to find a better way. They shun the term "juggling act" in the same way they brush aside the word "feminism"' as an outdated notion with little relevance to their lives.
For this generation, the "juggling act" has been rebranded as "work-life balance." But while young women today tend to think quite strategically about how to achieve the equilibrium that's right for them, they are just as preoccupied with getting it right as their mothers. Even after all these decades of experience, finding the balance between work and family is still a struggle -- often a daily struggle -- for women, men and the children they are working so hard to raise.
This week, we'll be taking a closer and deeper look at the daily balancing act. We're all curious about how other women manage, so in Celebrity Soundbites: Hollywood Moms Speak Out About The Work-Life Balance, we'll hear from working moms in the spotlight including Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, on how they manage careers, kids and the glare of the paparazzi.
We're also bringing you A Peaceful Revolution, a series of blogs sponsored by MomsRising, an organization that promotes family-friendly policies. Each day we will hear from a leading thinker in the field of work-life balance. Mary Ann Mason asks, "When is a good time to have a baby?" Irma Herrera tackles equal pay for equal work -- an ideal we are still far from reaching. John de Graaf advocates reviving the three-week paid vacation. And Robert Drago writes of the growing demand for part time work and why quality part time work is a good vision for the future.
A Peaceful Revolution kicks off with today's post by Joan Blades, co -founder of MomsRising.org and co-founder of MoveOn.org. "Work and life need not be a nerve-wracking balancing act that leaves frazzled human beings crumpled by the side of the road," she writes. "It should be a joyful dance."
So check out Joan's post and the rest of the Peaceful Revolution series -- and use the comments section to join the conversation. We'd love to hear your take.