Women work around the clock
The frantic pace of today's workplace can be a strain for parents who juggle the responsibilities of family and work.
And with an increasingly 24/7 economy, many women now work odd hours with schedules different from their spouses.
According to a recent survey by the AFL-CIO, most working women (60 percent), many with children under the age of 18, say they work at least 40 hours a week outside the home.
More than 1 in 4 women say their schedules include working nights or weekends.
Women most likely to work irregular hours either earn less than $25,000 a year, are single, or have a high school education or less.
Other findings from the poll:
*Nearly three-quarters of women surveyed said their employers did not offer child-care benefits.
*54 percent did not receive paid leave for taking care of a baby or ill family member.
*34 percent said they had no flexibility or control over their work hours.
*29 percent said their employers did not provide any sick leave.
*28 percent said they do not receive pension or retirement benefits.
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