- Posted July 26, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Work and motherhood
New Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer not only has a new job at the helm of an internet giant, she is about to step into the role of Mother as well. It speaks volumes of the Yahoo board that they didn’t pass her over because she is expecting. It also demonstrates that we’ve come a long way in the area of gender equality in the workplace. Since the announcement of a pregnant woman stepping into a high-profile CEO position there has been discussion about how she will juggle her position at work with her position at home.
In the not so distant past, the general family dynamic had Dad working and Mom staying home taking care of the family’s children. Things changed though when Women opted to seek work outside the home more often than previously was the norm. It was a good change. It was wonderful for a woman’s career and life aspirations to be validated by being able to more easily choose whether to go to work or stay home.
This change in the work status of the general female population has put a spotlight on the family and how they deal with Mom not being at home. We often see news reports and opinion pieces pointing out the plight of the working mother as she juggles a busy work schedule including meetings and deadlines with soccer practices, choir concerts and piano lessons. Oh, and let’s not forget making dinner. But what about Dad? Have we forgotten that quite often he too works and juggles his time? It seems we spend a lot of time worrying about how Mom is doing and not enough time asking the bigger question. How does any parent successfully manage a demanding career, spend quality time with their spouse or partner and develop their children into productive members of society?
I believe that Dad’s often don’t get the appreciation they deserve for the work they put into their jobs and their families. It’s as if it’s expected of them in a way that’s different than that of their female counterparts. I would love to see less buzz about working Mom’s and more about working parents. After all, Dad is as integral a part of his children’s lives as is Mom; and he struggles with many of the same stressors at work and at home.
So when I see articles asking how Marissa Mayer is going to handle both of her new roles, part of me can’t help but wonder how her husband is going to juggle his job, spending time with a very, very busy wife and being kept awake, God knows how many nights in a row, by a newborn? I suppose he’ll do it just like the rest of us do, one exhausting day at a time.