Women’s Equality Day: It’s 2016.. Women can do it all.… But why hasn’t the professional working motherhood dialogue evolved yet?

August 26, 2016.

TIME STAMP: 3 MIN READ

Why the working motherhood dialogue is so damn powerful…. But why hasn’t it evolved?

Mothers seem to do it all, laundry, cooking, not to mention managing a career and raising kids. It almost seems nearly impossible “to have it all” yet some manage to pull it off. Did you know research supports that working moms cry almost once a week? (A new survey by Care.com)

Women today are starting to take the time to climb and earn more in there corporate careers. Women earn and learn in greater numbers than ever before, they don’t have to fit into a sub category. A women can be either be a mother or a professional or both.

Isn’t this what women struggle with trying to find that work-life balance? Women should be able to bring there “whole selves” to work. Women should be able to have ambition and should be able to be open with there bosses that they want to have children. They shouldn’t have to fear that they may miss that promotion based on a longing for a family.

We’re livings in an era of immense changes, when it comes to what women do, how they do it and with whom. Between 1970–2009 the number of jobs held by women leapt from 37 % to close to 48 percent. The boost in productivity resulting from women’s increased labor participation accounts for 25 percent of U.S GDP. Women own nearly 8 million businesses, enterprises that provide more than 20 million jobs. As author Liza Mundy, noted in her book nearly 40 % of wives in the US now earn more than their husbands; Mundy predicts in a generation breadwinning wives will soon be the majority.

Women are our hero’s, navigating the “ands everyday” juggling a work life and a family life whose demands have meshed into one another in our constantly connected 24/7 everything world.

“However, although we’ve come along way in terms of women in power, we still have quite a long way to go. The harsh truth is that men still run the world. Women are fewer than 5 percent of all Fortune 500 CEOS and hold less than 20 % of all executive board seats.”

Shouldn’t our conversation about marrying working and motherhood evolved by now? This conversation needs to evolve so that the working mother can still win promotions, advance in her career without feeling that guilt is holding them back. Women should not have to choose between a career or kids…shouldn’t they be able to have both?

Plus isn’t it tremendous, most children reported that by having a working mother as an adolescent was incredibly inspiring. Here’s an example of how the children of working moms feel about them now,

“My mother worked three jobs while I was growing up. In my teens she started her own business. I have had a few businesses now myself. She gave me the drive, the determination, the ambition and the gumption to reach for my goals.” –Trisha Trixie, 45, Centennial, CO (Forbes, Personal Finance)

Sheryl Sandburg’s recent book, Lean In advises women to engage more deeply with corporate careers and to be open and honest with yourself about when to have children, how much time to spend with them, when to work, when to travel. These decisions are multi-faceted and complex. However, each woman must choose for herself what is best for her own life.

What are your thoughts on the working motherhood dialogue?

- Emily Guterres