Viewpoint: Work and Family in the 1970s

In the early 1970s, I was working in the American Friends Service Committee’s Chicago office as peace education secretary when I learned that my wife, Nancy, and I were about to have a baby. The Personnel Committee (clerked by the late George Watson) met with us to hear our suggestion that Nancy and I “split the job.” We would each serve two days a week in the office; on the fifth day we would bring in our new baby. The committee was fully supportive and approved our realignment of the position. We were officially “Co‐Secretaries for Peace and🔒

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David Hadley Finke lives in Columbia, Mo.

Posted in: September 2015: Reproduction and Family Planning, Viewpoint

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