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Celebrating the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award

July 31, 2009 — The start to this year's work-life awards process is on the horizon and although you may be familiar with the Work-Life Rising Star Award (recognizing emerging talent) and the Work-Life Innovative Excellence Award (recognizing innovative practices), you may not be as familiar with our third work-life award, the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.

Sponsored by our organization, Alliance for Work-Life Progress, and in partnership with the Center for Families at Purdue University and the Center for Work and Family at Boston College, The Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research has been celebrated since 2000. This award, named after Rosabeth Moss Kanter who is considered one of the most influential people of modern research literature on work and family, is given each year to the author(s) who publish the most outstanding piece of work-family research within that calendar year. Just like all of our other work-life awards, recipients are determined by a review committee (35 scholarly reviewers from 11 countries) and then celebrated the following spring at the WorldatWork Total Rewards Conference.

The 2008 winners — Shelley J. Correll, Stephen Benard and In Paik — inspired all of us with their research publication titled: Getting a job: Is there a motherhood penalty? (American Journal of Sociology, 112, 1297-1338). The "motherhood penalty" refers to the gap in wages between working mothers and women who do not have children, a gap larger than the gender gap found between men and women. To learn more about the 2008 winners and their research, check out the Top Ten Takeaways from 2008.

The 2009-2010 AWLP Work-Life award process is about to begin. If you know of emerging talent in the work-life or total rewards arena or if your organization has implemented an innovative work-life practice, we encourage you to apply for these prestigious awards. The call for nominations and applications begins Sept. 1. Check out our Web site for award criteria and how to apply.

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