I am invested in sharing my research and data-driven answers to questions about work and organizations, family, and gender with a broad audience. 

This is a selection of my op-eds and shorter pieces

Rao, Aliya Hamid. 2020. "When losing your job feels like losing your self." 21 April. Harvard Business Review.

Rao, Aliya Hamid. 2020. "How privileged mothers experience unemployment." Work in Progress: Sociology on the economy, work, and inequality. 

Rao, Aliya Hamid. “Even breadwinning wives don’t get equality at home.” 12 May 2019. The Atlantic


Wynn, Alison and Aliya Hamid Rao. “The stigma that keeps consultants from using flex-time.”  2 May 2019. Harvard Business Review


Rao, Aliya Hamid. “A new performance review process could fight cultural bias against women at work.” 15 May 2017. Quartz.


Rao, Aliya Hamid. 2017. “Veiled lives? Muslim women, headscarves, and

manufacturing Islam.” The Society Pages.


Rao, Aliya Hamid. 2017. “The woman behind the man: unemployed men, their wives, and the emotional labor of job-searching.” Work in Progress: Sociology on the economy, work, and inequality.

  • Cross-posted at Gender & Society blog.


Rao, Aliya Hamid. 2015. “Do we owe each other our emotional labor?” Gender &

Society blog.

This is a selection of my media mentions

"The pandemic's gender bias needs urgent fixing." 14 May 2020. Bloomberg Opinion.

"Coronavirus: Parenting changes amid pandemic." 10 May 2020. The Straits Times. 

"Mother's Day under Covid-19: How parenting changed during the pandemic." 9 May 2020. The Straits Times.

Guest expert on This Working Life, "If not THAT then WHO? The loss of self worth and identity when jobs evaporate." 4 May 2020

"How to get your partner to do more around the house, for real." 30 April 2020. MindBodyGreen.

Guest expert on Harvard Business Review's "Women at Work" podcast, Season 5, Ep. 1, "We're beyond stretched."

"Dads the way we like it." 22 March 2020. The Straits Times.

"Millennial Men Are All For Gender Equality, But Don't Ask About Housework." 24 February 2020. The Huffington Post

"The Devil Wears Prada: Emily and a History of Workaholics." 8 Oct 2019. The Take

"Women in Singapore earn 13% less than men as gender wage gap persists: Glassdoor."  27 March 2019. The Straits Times. 

"Work-Life Policies Abound. Who has the Nerve to Use Them?" 28 May 2019. The American Lawyer.

"Réduction du temps de travail: petit guide pour consultants travaillomanes." 4 Juillet 2019. Consultor.

"When a man's unemployed, his wife bears the emotional cost." 2017. Mel Magazine.

Aliya Hamid Rao