Carrie Lukas, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism, has a good piece out today in the Huffington Post on the “Lean In” debate. Rather than focusing on women leaning into work, she argues that government should lean out, which would help women succeed. She writes:
So what really stands in the way of women achieving that holy grail of work-family balance? Ill-conceived government policies shoulder part of the blame. Government imposes a wide-variety of regulations and policies that limit the employment opportunities available for women. Most of these are done in the name of protecting workers, but they can backfire by making it more difficult and expensive for businesses to offer jobs, particularly flexible work arrangements. The good news is that, unlike so many of the other factors that complicated this issue, these policies can change.
You can read the rest of the piece here.
As you hear about the Lean In debate in the news, this piece is a reminder that we should also be rethinking the role of government and the unintended consequences of government policies.