Not Meeting Your Career Goals? You Have Your Husband To Blame

So now you know who to blame for not meeting your career goals!

Harvard Study

Are you a working mom who is running late every morning, going insane trying to balance work and life and still not doing as good as your husband professionally?

Well if you think it's your children and their responsibilities keeping you away from your career goals, think again.

It’s not the little tykes, but their dads, who are dragging you down!

No we didn’t just make it up.

According to a recent study at Harvard Business School, high-achieving women are not meeting the career goals they set for themselves in their 20s – not because they’re “opting out” of the workforce when they have kids, but because they give priority to their husbands' careers.

Harvard Study

The study’s authors interviewed 25,000 men and women who graduated from Harvard Business School over the past several decades. The male graduates were much more likely to be in senior management positions than their female peers.

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Amazingly it was not because women opted out of having careers. In fact, this is what they found:

  1. Among Gen X (currently 32-48 years of age) only 11 percent of women left the workforce to be full-time moms
  2. Only 7 percent of women of color stopped working
  3. 74 percent of Gen X women work full time, an average of 52 hours a week, during the prime of their child-rearing years.

So what seems to be the problem? 



More women end up making career sacrifices in favor of their husbands than the other way around. Simply put, for men their careers take precedence over family responsibilities and careers of wives. Not so for the women.

Only about 20 percent of them had planned on their careers taking a back seat.


The majority of women said they assumed they would have egalitarian marriages in which both spouses’ careers were taken equally seriously. About 40 percent found that their spouses’ careers took priority over theirs.

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