According to a recent article in The New York Times, the answer is yes.

Times journalist Lisa Belkin published a controversial article entitled "Mr. Mom - Why Women Won't Have It All Until Men Do Too." In the article, Belkin suggests that neither gender will be able to achieve a successful work-life balance until men are willing and able to contribute in a greater capacity at home.

"Women still perform twice the housework and three times the child care that men do, even in homes where women are the primary breadwinners," she writes.

It's true that women have made tremendous strides in the past few decades. We earn more college and advanced degrees than our male counterparts, and make up 50% of the work force in the United States. But we also still tend to be responsible for a disproportionately high share of the work at home.

Tasks like cooking, cleaning, laundry, and child care are still performed most often by women, even when the woman doing them spends more time working outside the home and brings in more money than her husband or partner.

According to Belkin, this lack of male help at home is at the root of the problem. Women still earn less money than men when they perform the same job, and are most often the parent who scales back hours when children are born. The phrase "mommy track" is a direct reference to the career path taken by a female employee who can no longer devote all of her time and energy to her employer because she has started a family.

But when is the last time that you heard the phrase "daddy track"?

You haven't.

Because while millions of women have been working hard to demand their rightful place in the work force, men have made few efforts to demand their rightful place on the home front. In fact, when companies offer flex-time or the opportunity for paternal leave, many men are unwilling to take it.

Belkin sees this as a problem, and insists that programs need to be put into place which encourage men to more fully embrace roles that have traditionally been considered female. She believes that, in order for women to have it all, we must change our expectations of men, and more importantly, "men's expectations for themselves."

What do you think? Is Belkin right? Are men holding women back by working too much and taking on too little responsibility at home? Do women achieve greater levels of success when men change more diapers? How do gender roles work in your household?

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