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Finding Time for the "Second Shift": The Impact of Flexible Work Schedules on Women's Double Days

Carol S. Wharton
Gender and Society
Vol. 8, No. 2 (Jun., 1994), pp. 189-205
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/190009
Page Count: 17
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Finding Time for the "Second Shift": The Impact of Flexible Work Schedules on Women's Double Days
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Abstract

This article analyzes how women in residential real estate sales interweave their work and family activities. It is presented as a case study of the effects of flexible scheduling on the tasks of managing paid and domestic work. Women are attracted to real estate sales because they perceive that it will enable them to combine their paid and unpaid labor in a relatively comfortable way as a result of the flexibility of setting their own work schedules. They find that the work requires long hours and significant adaptations in the division of household labor. The findings demonstrate that flexibility itself is not adequate for accomodating the demands of families and wage work. Additional changes in the organization of both types of work, as well as ideological changes in the ownership of family-related tasks are required to alleviate the difficulties women face in integrating family and work responsibilities.

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