Friday, July 25, 2014

Reading on the Run: Articles of Interest to Working Moms

You don’t have to figure it all out. All you h...
You don’t have to figure it all out. All you have to do is believe and have faith. When you believe, all things are possible. -Joel Osteen (Photo credit: deeplifequotes)
Successful working women keep track of important matters in the news. However, we are not one-dimensional. Some of us also want to keep up with celebrity gossip and fashion news too. Even in the era of the Internet and 24 hour news shows and E!, it can be challenging to keep up with everything.

Fortunately for you, I make it my job to keep up on articles of interest to working moms and when I find notable ones, I share them with you. Below is one that sparked my interest. It focuses on the most critical domestic issue of our time—how can companies make working and motherhood work.  Based on my own experience and my interviews of other working women, I know that too many women leave the workforce because they are required to return to work too soon.  They are unable to “lean in” because their breasts are leaking and their hearts are breaking. 
They are forced to make what seems like an impossible choice—go to work and abandon their kids or leave and forfeit their work lives.  

Having a baby is a life changing event. And as Sabrina Parsons says in the attached article, women have a visceral reaction to it.  It’s not fabricated or weak, it is a biological response.  Until Corporate America accepts this and responds to it, there will be continue to be a brain drain and we will all suffer.  And, just because generations of women have raised children without much support from their companies does not make it right.  

In the article below Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software, asks, “Why Don't We Ever Wonder If Men Can Have It All?”  I think the reason is because we have created a culture where men are supported and are expected to do both. I have faith that we can create the same environment for women.  

Article of Interest to Working Moms


"Before I had kids I assumed I would always "do it all." I always knew I would have kids, career and that I wouldn't skip a beat. I never even thought about whether it would be hard or doable. I just knew I would do it. Then my son was born." --Sabrina Parsons
Why Don't We Ever Wonder If Men Can Have It All?  by Sabrina Parsons (A discussion of Ms. Parson's journey as a working mom and her participation in the White House Summit on Working Families. Notably Ms. Parsons was able to bring her baby to work with her and believes that made all of the difference.  I admire her because instead of minimizing the importance of that, she's advocating that all women have similar options.)  You can hear more from Ms. Parsons by following her on Twitter at @MommyCEO
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