For working mothers, part-time work is often presented as a win-win solution: They get to stay on track in their careers and they have more time to help raise their children. But the reality can be far less than ideal, as former first lady Michelle Obama pointed out in her 2018 memoir, “Becoming.” Several months after her daughter Malia was born, Obama negotiated to go half-time at her job at the University of Chicago, so that she could be “both career woman and perfect mother, striking the Mary Tyler Moore/Marian Robinson balance I’d always hoped for.” She had ...

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