advertisement advertisement advertisement I was working hard at the office and home before I delivered my second child in January 1983. Too hard. advertisement advertisement Keen to spend extra time with my family, I sought a four-day schedule following my maternity leave from the Washington bureau of The Wall Street Journal . A reduced workweek is highly unusual, I noted in my proposal. But by satisfying an important personal need, the arrangement "would permit me to channel even higher energy levels into my Journal assignments." Management rejected my request. Luckily, I finally got my wish in fall 1983, after Norm Pearlstine became the Journal' s managing editor and Al Hunt its Washington bureau chief. Both bosses greatly valued working women. Hunt and his wife, Judy Woodruff, a White House correspondent for NBC News, had a toddler son. Pearlstine gave me Fridays off without cutting my pay or benefits because I was one of the Journal' s most seasoned female reporters. He also said I could work normal hours for the rest of the week and keep covering my beat, which was organized labor. Pearlstine and Hunt believed I would be just as productive on a four-day schedule. "An incredible deal,"… Read full this story
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