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Lean in. Opt out. Have it all. None of the above.

A new book based on a groundbreaking cross-generational study reveals both greater freedom and new constraints for men and women in their work and family lives.

Stew Friedman, founding director of The Wharton School’s Work/Life Integration Project, studied two generations of Wharton college students as they graduated: Gen Xers in 1992 and Millennials in 2012. The cross-generational study produced a stark discovery—the rate of graduates who plan to have children has dropped by nearly half over the past twenty years. At the same time, men and women are now more aligned in their attitudes about dual-career relationships, and they are opting out of parenthood in equal proportions. But their reasons for doing so are quite different.

In his new book, Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family, Friedman draws on this unique research to explain why so many young people are not planning to become parents. He reveals good news (that there is a greater freedom of choice now) and bad (that new constraints are limiting people’s options). In light of these present realities, he offers ideas for what we can do as a society, in our organizations, and for ourselves to make it easier for men and women to choose the lives they want.

In this book, Friedman addresses:

• How views about work and family have changed in the past  twenty years
• Why men and women have different reasons for opting out of parenthood
• How family has been redefined
• Why we are all now part of a revolution in work and family
• What choices we face in our social and educational policy
• How organizations and individuals—especially men—can spur cultural change

In the debates on work and family, people of all generations are calling for a reasoned, thoughtful, research-driven contribution to the discussion. In Baby Bust, Friedman offers just that: an astute assessment of how far we have come and where we need to go from here.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Provocative and practical, Stew Friedman’s Baby Bust draws on his landmark study to document the metamorphosis in men’s and women’s views and expectations for work and family.”

    John Gerzema, New York Times bestselling author of The Athena Doctrine

  • “Provocative…A must-read for everyone—employees, employers, and families—so that we can be much more intentional in creating the workplaces and family lives of the future.”

    Ellen Galinsky, president, Families and Work Institute, and author of Mind in the Making

  • “What a wonderful book…Baby Bust offers a fascinating glimpse into how young people think about their work, their families, and their futures.”

    Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO, New America Foundation

  • “A game-changing addition to the literature on work and family. Stew clearly and compassionately tells the story from the perspective of both men and women, echoing the challenges we all face as we seek to do meaningful work and have a meaningful life in today’s frenetic and tumultuous world.”

    Brad Harrington, executive director, Boston College Center for Work and Family

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