1. Why do you think perceptions are so pervasive and persistent that women do not work or are uncommitted workers when they do work? Do you know women who are uncommitted workers? Do you know men who are uncommitted workers? Do you know women and men who are highly committed workers? Consider similar questions about perceptions of women and men as incompetent. 

2. Negative perceptions about the competence of women who are mothers were evident in the research and the court cases discussed in the chapter. What factors contribute to these negative perceptions? 

3. Carefully review the comparisons of workers’ access to flexible schedules by race, ethnicity, and sex in Table 10.2. What clear differences exist? 

4. What are some possible reasons for state-subsidized K–12 and college education but not child care in the United States compared with other developed nations?