More Proof That Mamas Rock and Workplaces Suck
posted by Sheri
Babble editor Ada Calhoun talks about the ever-incessant challenge of work/life balance in her Babble article, "The Parental Clock." And, for more enlightenment on the "choices" working mamas have between working and staying home, check out Helaine Olen's interview with Pamela Stone, author of Opting Out?: Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home.
Here's an excerpt from the interview:
There is a disconnect between the rhetoric and the reality. Women almost universally talked about their decision as a choice, and they talked about how fortunate they were to have a choice. And in some sense they're right, because they can afford to forgo their incomes. But when you step back, what they are really saying is, "I'm fortunate to give up years of training. I'm fortunate to give up years of investment and success."
I really did think that I was going to hear women talking very much about being supermoms and redefining motherhood. Instead, there was such a strong desire to maintain work in their lives and such an unmet demand for flexible work options.