There are 2 purposes to this section of my blog. First, I will post ideas of how to use The Trip Clip to help make it easier to be a working mom. This is also my soap box space, where I talk about ideas that are important to me. As a Yale graduate, an ex-Microsoft employee, a business owner, a mom of 15+ years, and a woman, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the elusive “How To Have It All”. My husband and I are both feminists, and throughout our marriage we have tried hard to not succumb to gender stereotypes in our parenting and our work lives, and have learned some good lessons along the way.
I now firmly believe that women will find equality in the workplace when workplaces adapt to fully embrace women and families. And I believe that workplaces will make that shift when men begin prioritizing and visibly embracing the hidden and undervalued work of child rearing.
The work of raising and educating children is still largely women’s work, and this work is severely undervalued and dismissed as unimportant and not worthy of consideration. Women have been doing it for so long, without pay and without acknowledgement of the time and energy it takes, that our broader society just takes it for granted.
It’s time to raise awareness and support for all of this hidden labor, and I believe we do that by having our male allies do this work more visibly, because when men embrace child rearing and homemaking, they will increase the visibility and the value of this work, causing workplaces to change to support it.
Below are my ideas about what each of us can do to get from here to there.