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“For a long time women have been afraid to stand up for themselves, because they didn’t think that anyone had their back. That’s what is different about this younger generation, they are not afraid to assert their rights.” – Joann Lublin

Despite tremendous progress, working mothers still face numerous challenges at work and home, and these struggles have only been aggravated in this global pandemic. Today’s Finding Brave guest reveals how executive moms today differ from the trailblazing Baby Boom generation in a number of ways, and yet they still face common challenges, which provide helpful lessons for the next generation of women with children.

Joann S. Lublin is a longtime Wall Street Journal career columnist, Pulitzer Prize-winner,  and author of two books about female business leaders, Her latest, Power Moms: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work and Life, hit the shelves February 16, 2021.

Her first popular leadership book, Earning It: Hard-Won lessons from Trailblazing Women at the top of the Business World, offers insights from 52 high-level executive women about obstacles they overcame.

Joann is the former Management News Editor of The Wall Street Journal. She created its first career advice column, which she wrote until May 2020. Joann shared the Journal’s 2003 Pulitzer Prize for stories about corporate scandals. In 2018, she won the Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest accolade in business journalism.

I deeply admire what Joann is doing in the world, and her work and latest book is full of important revelations and insights into what more must be done to make being a working mother (and parent) easier in 2021 and beyond.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • Why Joann feels so strongly that now is the right time to release her new book [4:25]

  • The reasons she believes women still experience guilt about working as a parent [11:35]

  • How she sees the messaging around the traditional roles for men and women changing [15:26]

  • The single biggest challenge that Power Moms face today [19:33]

  • Why many women still fall short in setting boundaries and asking for what they want [24:02]

  • What Joann believes helped her become the woman and Power Mom she is today, and the role that her own mother played in this [26:23]

  • Why women shouldn’t strive for “work-life balance,” and what this term should be replaced with instead [32:27]

  • The biggest surprises Joann encountered in preparing for and writing her latest book [37:38]

For More Information:

Joann’s Latest Book, Power Moms: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work and Life & On Audible

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“It’s a reflection of our larger society. We still live in a society in which we have different expectations for mothers than we do for fathers.” [11:41]

“At the end of the day a lot of this guilt is self-imposed, as well as imposed by our larger social norms.” [13:31]

“I think it’s the same challenge that all working mothers face, and it’s two-fold. It’s how you view yourself and your role in the world and whether you feel like you have to bear the mental load. Then there’s the other side of the coin, how society views who you are.” [19:33]

“Work-life sway means there are places where you have to set boundaries, particularly if you’re working from home.” [33:54]

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