166 episodes

The Breadwinners is about the neverending hustle and its impact on all aspects of our lives. From our finances to our relationships to our kids to our health, we’re interested in what it takes to keep it all going. In every episode, Jennifer and Rachael consider the research and share their takes on what we’re learning every day about breadwinning. Join us as we break it all down so that we can build it back up better for all. Visit us at www.thebreadwinnerspodcast.com.

The Breadwinners Jennifer Owens + Rachael Ellison

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 25 Ratings

The Breadwinners is about the neverending hustle and its impact on all aspects of our lives. From our finances to our relationships to our kids to our health, we’re interested in what it takes to keep it all going. In every episode, Jennifer and Rachael consider the research and share their takes on what we’re learning every day about breadwinning. Join us as we break it all down so that we can build it back up better for all. Visit us at www.thebreadwinnerspodcast.com.

    Carol Evans

    Carol Evans

    In 1978, Carol Evans helped launch Working Mother magazine. In 2001, she returned to become the first and only working mother to own it. In between, she would launch the Working Mother Best Companies as a way to encourage companies to compete to do better for their employees.
    In our Season Four finale, Carol shares the history, impact and legacy of the Best Companies — and what work still needs to be done to support all working parents. 
     
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    Episode Links 
    A Brief History of Carol Evans 
    This Is How We Do It: The Working Mothers' Manifesto 
    The 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising History 
    Intrepid Women: Carol Evans, CEO, SHARE 
    2021 Working Mother Best Companies
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    • 55 min
    Sheryl Sandberg

    Sheryl Sandberg

    A billionaire executive, author, philanthropist and working mother of two, Sheryl Sandberg has long been one of the most influential — and controversial — breadwinners in the world. This week, we dive into Sandberg’s “sort of a feminist manifesto,” Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, to consider its legacy nearly 10 years later.

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    Episode Links
    Why Women Still Can’t Have It All — Anne-Marie Slaughter
    Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders — Sheryl Sandberg TED Talk
    The 2012 TIME 100: Sheryl Sandberg — Muhtar Kent
    Lean In’s Sheryl Sandberg Problem — Nellie Bowles, New York Times
    I Was a Sheryl Sandberg Superfan. Then her “Lean In” Advice Failed Me — Katherine Goldstein, Vox
    The End of Leaning In: How Sheryl Sandberg’s Message of Empowerment Fully Unraveled — Caitlin Gibson, Washington Post
    Stop Leaning In And Start Fixing The Real Problem — Mona Andrews, Forbes
    What Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ Has Meant to Women — Emma Goldberg, New York Times
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    • 51 min
    Marissa Mayer

    Marissa Mayer

    In 2013, new working mom and newly minted tech CEO Marissa Mayer announced a bold new policy: no longer could employees work from home. The change not only impacted hundreds of employees at Yahoo, it sparked a debate that roiled workplaces nationwide.
    In this episode, Jennifer tells that story and how it prompted the launch of #NationalFlexDay.
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    Zooming Into a Very Different National Flex Day 
    How to ask your boss for a more flexible work schedule 
    Marissa Mayer's No-Flex Policy Old School for Young Mom CEO 
    Back To the Stone Age? New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Bans Working From Home 
    Just Relax, NoFlex Boss: Flex Is a Boost Not Bust for Your Workplace 
    Yahoo Says That Killing Working From Home Is Turning Out Perfectly — Greg Lindsay, Fast Company 
    Marissa Mayer, Who Just Banned Working From Home, Paid To Have A Nursery Built At Her Office — Nicholas Carlson, Insider 
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    • 31 min
    The 4-Hour Work Week

    The 4-Hour Work Week

    In March 2007, Tim Ferriss told a room of over-caffeinated tech engineers that they were working too hard. That he was more successful doing much, much less. From that day on, Ferriss became known as the “4-hour guy,” turning his passion for productivity into a one-man franchise.
    This week, Rachael + Jennifer take time to consider how to save it, use it and even, waste it.
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    Episode Links 
    Revisiting ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’ -- Cal Newport, The New Yorker 
    Tim Ferriss Is Everything That's Wrong With the Modern World (and Why You Should Follow his Lead) — Michael Schein, Forbes 
    Tim Ferriss, the Man Who Put His Money Behind Psychedelic Medicine — Benedict Carey, The New York Times 
    How Tim Ferriss Beat Depression and Became an Inspirational Icon — Richard Feloni, Inc. 
    From Productivity to Psychedelics: Tim Ferriss Has Changed His Mind About Success — Clay Skipper, GQ 
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    • 33 min
    Work From Home

    Work From Home

    When the pandemic forced non-essential workers home to work from the kitchen table, the bedroom, the backyard, they benefited from decades of improvements to technology and collaborative tools.
    In this episode, Rachael reveals how the modern era of work from home began — and its powerful impact on today’s changing workforce.
    Episode Links 
    Dad in Viral BBC interview Speaks Out 
    Our Favorite News Reporters Working From Home Bloopers 
    How the Coronavirus Outbreak Has – and Hasn’t – Changed the Way Americans Work 
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    • 35 min
    Summer Vacation

    Summer Vacation

    Today, the typical public school year is 180 days long, leaving about 16 weeks of child care to be covered by working parents who have only two to three weeks of paid leave (if they have any at all).
    How did we get here and what happens when we try to change tradition? Jennifer + Rachael break out their calendars this week to track it all down.

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    The History of School and Summer Vacation — By James Pedersen 
    Year-Round Schooling Explained — By Jaclyn Zubrzycki 
    Popularity Grows Anew for Year-Round Schooling — By Madeline Will 
    The Pros & Cons of Year-Round School — By Brooke McGuire 
    First Days of School, Decade by Decade — By Elizabeth A. Harris 
    School's in: The History of Summer Education in American Public Schools – By Kenneth Mark Gold 
    Agrarian Roots? Think Again. Debunking the Myth of Summer Vacation’s Origins — By Saskia de Melker and Sam Weber 
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

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Awesome!!

Love this podcast!! Relatable for many people.

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Smart, Quick, Relevant

Really interesting stories from a perspective I can relate to, and at a length that fits into my walk home from school drop off!!

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Fantastic podcast by women and for women!

Wonderful insights and advice from smart women who have been through it all when it comes to their careers. Let’s make this bread rise!

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