Speaker Will Help Moms, Dads Balance Work, Marriage, Parenthood!
March 31, 2008
URBANA - Suzanne Bianchi is an authority on the balancing act that American parenthood has become, and she'll bring that expertise to this spring's Pampered Chef® Family Resiliency lecture in the Knight Auditorium of Spurlock Museum on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m.

Bianchi will speak on "Gender Roles and Use of Time: The Subtle Parenting Revolution in American Family Life."

"Although today's mothers report feeling more rushed, time diaries show that parents spend as much--and perhaps more--time interacting with their children today than in 1965, the heyday of the stay-at-home mother," the expert said.

And, countering the widely held belief that women shoulder a greater proportion of the total workload because of their dual work and family responsibilities, Bianchi's time diaries indicate that men and women, on balance, have about equal workloads.

She is also knowledgeable about other family trends, including the ways that childhood, motherhood, and fatherhood have changed in recent years.

A professor and chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Maryland, Bianchi is the author of four books. Her 2006 book, Changing Rhythms of American Family Life, written with John Robinson and Melissa Milkie, uses time diaries to address parental investments in childrearing, unpaid work in the home, and work outside the home from 1965 to 2000.

Her other books are Continuity and Change in the American Family, published in 2002; Balancing Act: Motherhood, Marriage, and Employment Among American Women, published in 1996; and American Women in Transition, published in 1986.

Her research articles on family life have twice won the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research (in 2001 and 2004), the Reuben Hill Award of the National Council of Family Relations for the best article on the family in 2000, and the Lawrence R. Klein Award for an outstanding contribution to the Monthly Labor Review in 1999.

The lecture is sponsored by The Pampered Chef® Family Resiliency Program, a partnership between The Pampered Chef® and the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois. Doris Kelley Christopher, a U of I alum, is the founder and chairman of The Pampered Chef, Ltd., the largest direct seller of high-quality kitchen tools and part of the Berkshire-Hathaway family of businesses.

The Family Resiliency Program, directed by Dr. Constance Shapiro, supports a lecture series, faculty research grants, and graduate fellowships in order to strengthen families.

The talk is free and open to the public. Spurlock Museum is located at 900 South Gregory Street in Urbana.