I am writing today (December 10th) because I am home with a sick baby. I had the flu last week but didn’t call out because I knew that there was a strong possibility that my son would get it and I would need to stay home with him. This didn’t stop my boss from laying a guilt trip on me when I called out this morning, reminding me that my staff would have to cover for me. He has no children. The stress of the working mother is directly proportional to the attitudes of the men surrounding her, especially in the workplace.
It is difficult enough for a woman to manage a full time job and a household, but last minute schedule changes and added assignments can really put a wrench in her plans. She’s a pretty flexible person and can work at home or stay late if she have planned to do so, but it is unfair to hand her a project five minutes before she is supposed to leave for the day and expect that she’ll be able to complete it by morning (assuming, of course, she has chosen a profession in which this is not a part of the job description). Her afternoons and evenings are filled with household and childrearing duties, and only the threat of losing her job is worth giving up the precious little time she gets to share with her children. Instead, she’ll come in early and get her paperwork finished before everyone else just to prove to her boss that she can manage all of her responsibilities as long as she is allowed a little flexibility in doing so.