Egg freezing message: Lean in, and save the kids for later image

The Boston Globe, October 16, 2014
Joanna Weiss, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)


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From the article:

[...] Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School, worries that an egg-freezing perk could function as a sorting mechanism, too. Soon, he fears, we’ll be able to divide the workplace into three categories: men, women, and women who want kids, kind of soon.

Cohen, who specializes in law, medicine, and ethics, blogged more than a year ago about rumors that some law firms were offering egg-freezing benefits. At the time, few firms would go on the record about it. Cohen guessed that they feared a backlash, since the perk would could be seen as “frank recognition on their part” that women couldn’t succeed at work if they had kids.

Both Big Law and Big Tech, Cohen notes, have struggled to keep and promote female employees, who doubt they can be on management tracks and still have family lives. Ironically, these companies — Facebook and Apple included — offer some of the most generous maternity leave policies in corporate America. [...]

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