Looking Backwards to Go Forward: A Timeline of the Work-Family Field in the United States Since World War II
By Bettye H. Pruitt and Rhona Rapoport
This timeline was created as a component of the project, "Looking Backwards to Go Forward," led by Rhona Rapoport and funded by the Ford Foundation. It is an excellent resource that highlights both research and advocacy on issues related to the intersection of work and family as well as issues of equity. The timeline maps the evolution of the work-family field from 1944 to 2002. The authors looked at:
- The Cultural Context: Popular publications on work-family issues, women in the workplace, and gender roles; demographics, politics, and economics;
- The Work-Family Field: Research and advocacy on work-family issues, women in the workplace, gender roles; and
- Impacts: Legislation and workplace changes.
Read a companion essay.
A book has been written on the project. The Myth of Work-Life Balance: The Challenge of Our Time for Men, Women and Society, by Richenda Gambles, Suzan Lewis & Rhona Rapoport.