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The Working Family Has Changed. Why Hasn’t the Workplace?

Single parents, households where both parents work, and female breadwinners are on the rise in the U.S. Typical offices aren't set up for them.

Families in America used to look pretty similar. Moms in the 1970s were far more likely to stay home with the kids, while dads went to the office and paid the bills. That paradigm has shifted dramatically in the decades since. Now, more households than ever have two working parents. The country also has more single-parent households, and more female breadwinners than ever.

Yet the rules and norms of office life – commuting to the office, spending most of the weekday there, and working late if you have to – haven’t adapted to the realities of modern families. In addition to running on a rigid 9-to-5 schedule, many offices don’t offer paid family leave, and still punish working women. On this week's show, we discuss that disconnect.

Guest Ashley Ford, a senior features writer at Refinery29, polled 130 millennial women to find out how they felt about making more money than their male partners. She talks to Francesca and Rebecca being a female breadwinner in a world that isn’t sure it's ready for that.

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