Newsweek: Last fall, after 20 months at the White House, you moved back to the Bay Area with your husband, fellow economist David Romer, and your son. I suppose your job put a lot of pressure on your husband too.
Romer: He basically walked around Washington saying "I need a job where I can pick up my son after school, and if we need to meet a plumber at the house, its going to be me." In the first few weeks we were there, he'd have all the ingredients out and ready for me to cook dinner when I got home. But then there was one night I was making beef with broccoli at 9:30 in tears and he realized he needed to learn to cook.
What?! Christina Romer left her job as a top economic adviser because her husband can't help take care of the house and kids?
So, there is probably more going on here (the position was always meant to be temporary) and I'm probably exaggerating her husband's incompetence (only slightly). But take note, Romer falls into the small group of American women over 50 with a full work profile that are still married.
I wonder if anyone ever asked Larry Summer's wife if his job as an economic adviser puts a lot of pressure on her because it requires that she pick the kids up from school and make dinner (not to mention, of course, his public references to her lack of aptitude).