I was quoted last week in the San Jose Mercury News about the “mommy wars” hype and some follow-up to the discussion on the Merc blog via a series of articles by Sue Hutchison. I wrote a lot more about it than she printed, of course, but essentially my thoughts on the topic are that yes, we have more options than we’ve had in the past but we still have a long way to go.
Most jobs are full-time in the office and that’s the only option. If you want anything other than that, you won’t be considered for the position. I understand the employer’s perspective, but at the same time, there needs to be a reality check. Jobs are going overseas to people in other countries – why not down the street to someone in his/her home? It’s not like moms are the only ones who want more job flexibility – it’s just that we have a more obvious reason that allows us to be clumped together into one category which may or may not fully describe who we are or what we want to do with our time.
Kudos to Joan Blades, co-founder of MoveOn and author of The Mothernood Manifesto, for starting Moms Rising, an organization focused on getting this issue the attention it needs.