Executive Moms: How Things Have Gotten Better And Worse

executive moms how things have gotten better and worse

By Richard Eisenberg, Next Avenue Editor


In the 1980s, while in her late 30s, Wall Street Journal reporter Joann Lublin became one of two women running the paper’s London bureau and stepped into management. Her four-year-old daughter Abra, Lublin writes in her new book “Power Moms: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work and Life,” was “not thrilled.”

As Lublin headed to a plane to England to arrange for child care, schools and housing, Abra screamed hysterically: “Mommy, don’t go! Mommy, don’t go!” Lublin was filled with guilt — “a guilt that many working mothers know well,” she writes.

They still often do, based on the reporting the longtime Wall Street Journal career columnist did for her new book. But, as Lublin told me when I interviewed her, life for today’s Power Moms has improved in a number of ways — partly due to something millennial Power Moms call “sway.” (More about that, and my Zoom interview with her, shortly.)

“The boomer moms did not feel comfortable for the most part about broadcasting their parental status.”

Lublin, who’s based in Dresher, Pa., interviewed 86 women — members of the first wave of boomer Power Moms like herself — and Gen Xers and millennials in the second wave today…

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