OK, so working moms typically work like dogs at home, making meals, doing laundry, etc. And they typically work like dogs at work. If you’re up late one night, until 2:30 a.m. to be exact, because your son took a spill off his bicycle and you end up in the ER, and you have big work meetings in New York the next day you have to attend you become a walking zombie.
Balancing work and family is tough.
What woman wouldn’t dream about getting a part time gig so she has more time to sleep?
We needed a national study to tell us this?
This from Pew Research:
Among working mothers with minor children (ages 17 and under), just one-in-five (21%) say full-time work is the ideal situation for them, down from the 32% who said this back in 1997, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Fully six-in-ten (up from 48% in 1997) of today’s working mothers say part-time work would be their ideal, and another one-in-five (19%) say she would prefer not working at all outside the home.
People, it’s hard out there. Life isn’t easy. What do you think overworked women would say when asked such a question? Everyone is coming out of the woodwork, pointing to this study as more proof that women really all want to stay home and have their kids suckling off their teat 24 hours a day.
On the contrary, these studies point to frustrated moms who are sick of banging their heads against the wall of Corporate America. They want the work-life understanding so many HR managers tout but rarely seem to deliver on.
Come on everyone. This should be our battle cry to ask for more from our employers. And I’m talking moms and dads. We won’t get it if we don’t demand it. And we definitely won’t get it, and our daughters and sons won’t get it, if we banish ourselves from the workplace.