Studies show that men at the top of the org chart are more likely than their colleagues to have a stay-at-home wife. These same men, according to a report by the Center for WorkLife Law, lead a workforce where “both women and men have very real day-to-day responsibilities for family care.” 
Could this be why today’s workplace is so out of sync with today’s workers? The guys in charge don’t have to race out of the office to get to preschool before it closes, take the kids to their dentist appointments, buy the groceries, fold the laundry, or cook dinner. They have never organized a birthday party, researched summer camps, combed lice from a child’s head, stayed home when little Jared came down with chicken pox, got up with Suzy at 2am when she had a nightmare, or cut up 16 apples for the class snack.
It’s not that these titans of industry don’t have children. Most of them do. But the majority of these CEOs, VPs, senators, and executive directors simply have no understanding of what it takes to run a household.
* Photo from Library of Congress
 Joan C. Williams of the Center for WorkLife Law and Heather Boushey of the Center for American Progress called “The Three Faces of Work-family Conflict: The Poor, the Professionals, and the Missing Middle.” Published January 2010.