The Trip Clip has a lot to offer working moms, and as a mom who owns her own business, I also have lots of ideas about how the world could be a better place for working moms! You can read about all those things here.
In a nutshell, there are lots of expectations for moms that make it incredibly hard for them to participate equally in society. Although we make up 50% of the world, only 25% of the U.S.’s elected government is female. Only 5% of fortune 500 companies are run by women. Less than 12% of the world’s billionaires are women.
These are big gaps for women that will require big changes, and probably lots of time, to fix. But until we do, our voices are missing from the places where decisions are made.
I will write here about things each of us, every mom, every dad, can do in our daily lives, right now, to start addressing some of these issues. My ideas won’t change the world over night. But they can start changing some minds, and that’s the first step to changing the world.
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. For centuries, men have had time and space to think, to invent, to create, to govern, to participate in the wider world. We now better understand that women are as capable of doing these things as men, but we have not yet found a way to give them the time and space to contribute equally.
I believe that women will find equality in the workplace, and in our government, when we fully embrace women and families and acknowledge the work it takes to raise children and run a household. I also believe that workplaces will make that shift when men begin prioritizing and visibly embracing this hidden and undervalued work.
Below are my ideas about the small steps each of us can take right now, today, to help us can do to get from here to there.
One Small Step For Woman
One Giant Leap For “Mankind”
How America’s obsession with long hours has widened the gender gap.