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Opinion | Joanna Weiss

Marriage, managers, ‘mommy wars’

What if some companies are unfriendly to women, because they’re run by men with stay-at-home wives?

WHEN WE think about stay-at-home motherhood, it’s often in the context of the “mommy wars,’’ the overhyped state of judgmentalism that inspires guilt, attachment-parenting manifestos, suspicious glances on playgrounds, and cathartic chick lit.

What we don’t hear, so much, is the husbands’ point of view — maybe because it isn’t always pretty. A new research paper posits a controversial, husband-centric explanation for why women are so underrepresented on corporate boards and in executive suites: What if some companies are unfriendly to women because they’re run with men with stay-at-home wives?

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