In Pamela Stone's book , she illuminates the career obstacles many highly talented women confront while being married to high-octane husbands in intensely demanding professions.According to research, the greater the differential in earnings between husbands and wives, the greater the likelihood they will revert to traditional gender roles.Because of this, our romantic lives can be rather challenging to navigate. We stay focused on our goals above anything else most of the time, and we will until we find a love that’s actually worth a bit more sacrifice.

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Highly ambitious men are generally considered very desirable as both leaders and mates.

But recent news out of Harvard Business School and the 10th Anniversary of National Work and Family Month got me thinking about how the "less ambitious" man is the real key to making better work-life balance -- and gender equality -- a reality. did a feature story titled, "Harvard Business School Case Study: Gender Equity." The story showcased an aggressive experiment by arguably the world's most prestigious business school to undergo a "gender makeover" and proactively address why women students -- arriving with similar pedigrees to their male counterparts -- soon fell behind.

If you think about it, the cycle is extraordinarily self-reinforcing.

Jobs with few boundaries, many created and sustained by male leaders who perceive few professional costs as too high, require someone to be at home to make the system hum.

• Are these the men that will act as stewards for their organizations, be true partners in raising their children and enable their wives to pursue her ambitions?

• Are these the men that will make gender equality a reality in my children's lifetime, if not in my own?

They represent the small fraction of the workforce -- about 15% -- in the 'traditional' family structure.

Their lives bear little resemblance to the day-to-day realities of the women and men they lead, many of whom are dual-earner couples and single parents.

I come to this conversation from a unique perspective, informed by a front-row seat observing gender norms in action.

My first career was in investment management, working as a research analyst and associate portfolio manager, followed by consulting on women's advancement in business over nearly two decades to many of the most admired companies in the world.

Women, often earning less than their male counterparts (in part because they don't feel able to prioritize work since they are doing nearly all the flexing after having children) step in to fill the gap.-- a metaphor for greater equity in the roles played by women and men BOTH at work and at home -- I explore a far more egalitarian approach to career and family management.