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Getting to 50/50: How working parents can have it all

Sharon Meers, Joanna Strober

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Prose: non-fiction, Advice on parenting, Self-help & personal development

The road map to a great career, a good marriage and a happy family. With a foreword by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of the bestselling Lean In.

With a foreword by Sheryl Sandberg

Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober are professionals, wives, and mothers with five young children between them who believe that everyone wins when men are full parents and women have full careers. They know that families thrive not in spite of working mothers but because of them. The key is tapping into your best resource and most powerful ally: your spouse.

What's the starting point? An attitude shift that puts you and your partner on the road to 50/50. Here are real world solutions for parents who want to get ahead in their careers and still get to their children's football matches and school plays; strategies for working mothers facing gender bias in the workplace; advice to fathers new to the home front; and tips for finding 50/50 solutions to deal with issues of money, time, and much more.

From "baby boot camp" for new dads to exactly what to say when negotiating leave with the boss, this savvy book offers confidence through fresh ideas for today's families. Getting to 50/50 presents a compelling case making it possible for parents to mix professional achievement and a family life that can strengthen their families.

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Praise for Getting to 50/50: How working parents can have it all

  • Anyone who wants to combine children and careers should read this book - Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of the bestselling Lean In

  • Don't believe the myths about women and work - this advice will benefit you now and in the future. - Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of the bestselling Lean In

  • Finally! A book about two-income families that speaks the truth and provides solid advice. Every working mother needs to read this. - Lois P. Frankel, PhD, author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office

  • This is the first book I've read that gets it 100% right. As a frantically juggling father and spouse, I learned something valuable and new from every page. The advice is brilliant, the examples cogent and compelling. - Roderick Kramer, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business

  • Getting to 50/50 builds on what the latest research tells us: that children can thrive with two working parents and that fathers and mothers play equally important roles. I wish this book had existed when I was raising two young daughters. - Kathleen McCartney, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Too many women think they have to give up the career they love to have a happy family. Getting to 50/50 shows them how to negotiate with bosses and husbands so that everybody wins-including the kids. Highly recommended - Linda Babcock, coauthor of Women Don t Ask and Ask for It

  • A tremendously refreshing and insightful read for parents who want to meet their career aspirations and raise balanced, happy children - Alexandria Albers, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

  • When I lived in New York I was introduced to Sharon Meers, a firecracking feminist and former Goldman Sachs Managing Director who co-authored a brilliantly clear-eyed book Getting to 50/50 about the simple necessity of splitting the parenting of children 50/50 if women are going to be able to fully engage with their careers after having kids and if men are going to fully engage with being parents. The book comes out in paperback this September and frankly is so full of smart, practical, honest advice and juicy little insights into contemporary marriage that I'm buying another copy for my girlfriend - Redonline

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Sharon Meers

Joanna Strober is Managing Director of a fund investing in private partnerships at Sterling Stamos, an investment firm in Silicon Valley, and the founder of the ''working stiffs'' mom's group. As one of the few females in private equity in Silicon Valley, Strober has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal for launching several well-known companies.

Sharon Meers leads global business development and sales for X.commerce, the open commerce platform of eBay, helping merchants grow with better technology. Formerly, Meers was a managing director at Goldman Sachs, where she worked for 16 years and was co-chair of the Women's Network in the Investment Management Division. She and her husband founded the Partners for Parity at Stanford Business School and the Dual-Career Initiative at Harvard.

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