In “A working mother’s rant . . . and hope for the next generation” (Business, May 11), Shirley Leung declares that some days she wouldn’t wish being a working mother on her worst enemy. Any working mother who feels this way should pick up a copy of the 1991 book “Juggling: The Unexpected Advantages of Balancing Career and Home for Women and Their Families” by Faye J. Crosby.
Crosby, who was chair of Smith College’s psychology department at the time, provides evidence that women who juggle a career and family are actually happier, better adjusted, and less prone to depression than mothers who do not work outside the home. In addition, her decade of research, based on hundreds of studies and interviews, produces evidence that husbands and children benefit as well.
While the book was published nearly 30 years ago, Crosby’s work continues to be inspiring. I recommend that any working mother needing a pep talk add it to her reading list.