"For I am neither and both the brisk stepping carrier of a briefcase and the mother with the packed picnic supper."
-Arlie Russell Hochschild, The Second Shift
WHAT IS THE SECOND SHIFT?
The Second Shift is a book first published in 1989 by American Sociologist, Arlie Russell Hochschild. It details the "stalled revolution" where most women are working outside the home in paid employment, yet the work at home remains largely unchanged. Working women end up doing the majority of the work -- both emotionally and physically-- of managing the home. This leads to an unequal division of household labor, a "Second Shift" of work as it were. Still true today, women spend more time doing household chores and caregiving than their male partners. While men overall are doing more to help out around the house than 20, 30, or 50 years ago, women still shoulder more responsibility at home.
Second Shift Solutions seeks to change all this by addressing the work-life divide for both women and men. It is more than just changing business practices and home organization projects, at its core, Second Shift Solutions is about fundamentally changing the way we think about work and family. We use evidence-based strategies to improve home and work environments to better support everyone's needs. We believe you can't effectively manage work-life balance without working with BOTH workplaces AND families!
WHAT DO WE DO?
We make businesses and organizations more family-friendly. We update human resources practices and policies to attract and retain talented workers.
Research & Advocacy
We rely on evidence-based research and best practices to make our recommendations. We advocate for the development and implementation of national, state, and local policies and programs.
In order to care for others, we need to care for ourselves. Sleep better, reduce stress, fight cravings, have more energy, and feel confident in your body. We strive to give people the best options to live healthier, happier lives.
Evidence-Based Solutions for Work and Home
I love it when clients tell me I inspired them to do more than they ever thought possible.
Sarah E. Towne,
Owner and Founder, Second Shift Solutions
Sarah E. Towne
Teacher, Researcher, and Organizer
After nearly a decade in Washington, DC advocating for national policy change as a researcher, writer, and political organizer, Sarah E. Towne went from academia to entrepreneurship. What began as an idea during maternity leave in 2016 laid the groundwork for an evidence-based business model to help both families and businesses navigate the work-life divide. Second Shift Solutions was founded in April 2018 as a research endeavor and in 2019 relaunched in Tampa, Florida offering both business consultations and home organizing services. As a proud wife, mother of two, and business owner, she believes work-life balance does exist and is possible for everyone.