I’m a stay at home mother.
The home is my workplace.
Does that make me any less of a working mother than those who have to go to paid employment? I don’t think so.
Whether I’m paid or not shouldn’t make my employment any less valued in society.
Maybe it’s time to look at how we compare and value those who are in paid employment and those who aren’t. I hate the feeling that we pit parents against parents by comparing and valuing their work.
The Irish Times is running a series this week on the role of women in the workplace on the 40th anniversary of the lifting of the Civil Service Marriage Bar. Yesterday they focussed on the role of 7 women in paid employment and in doing so they inadvertantly overlooked the 44% of women in Ireland who don’t work in paid employment.
It just goes to show how easy it is to overlook the role of the parent at home.
As a friend pointed out to me earlier today, we shouldn’t be defined by our roles more our contribution to community and society. What a great way to look at it!