A mother, a business women, a student, CEO, insert any demanding job in here and the question is can you really do it all. I believe it’s possible, easy? No but it is very much possible. Women often times are backed up into a corner and being forced to choose one or the other. Everything is about how to find balance.
Here are 12 stats from the U.S Department of labor
Statistics from U.S department of Labor
- Women’s participation in the U.S. labor force has climbed since WWII: from 32.7 percent in 1948 to 56.8 percent in 2016.
- Seventy percent of mothers with children under 18 participate in the labor force, with over 75 percent employed full-time.
- Mothers are the primary or sole earners for 40 percent of households with children under 18 today, compared with 11 percent in 1960.
While these stats may be encouraging its important to know that we now live in a society thats progressing towards equal rights for all, but somehow mothers are being left out of that change. Stalled revolution a term coined by Arlie Hochschild describes the failure of work and home life to adapt to the changes being made as a working parent. Women are still expected to shoulder the duties of the household while maintaining a career and other professional. A new study shows that being a mother is equivalvent to 2.5 full time jobs (https://nypost.com/2018/03/17/being-a-mom-is-the-equivalent-of-2-5-full-time-jobs/) a woman who takes on a career while being a mother has passion and drive for the thing shes pursing because no one purposely takes on stress or more work. Employers should understand that taking days off or having last minute things with children come up isn’t to purposely harm the company. I personally don’t believe that women are asking for employers to turn the workplace into the daycare, but to have a little bit of understanding for sensitive things like doctors appointments that can’t be rescheduled, sick children and pregnancy.
Womens place is no longer in the kitchen it never was, i believe roles and duties should be shared. yes women are nurturing, but men can also be. it’s important to understand that a woman is still human being being a mother doesn’t mean she no longer has passions, dreams, or desires. Staying at home is completely ok if that’s what a women chooses to do but forcing her to forfeit her dreams because people feel she can no longer contribute her time or energy to a job.
Speaking from personal experience having two kids and trying to go back to school was extremely hard, people actually told me i was abandoning my kids for trying to go back to school. The fact that I was told im abandoning my kids because I wanted to create a better future for myself which will be a better future for them is crazzzzzzzzzyyy. The amount of negative feedback i received when i expressed to family members i wanted to go back to school was shocking. you would think that people would encourage you and hype you up or be happy for you, but that’s not the case and i know mine isn’t an isolated situation. i feel that people project their fears and failures onto other people especially women
all you ever hear is you can’t do that or you can’t do this but women should realize they can it will be hard but building a strong support system around you that holds you up when you’re down it’s important to PROTECT YOUR SPACE. Big life changes or growth shows you who to cut out, if you know you can do something go for it.