Trailblazing Mamahood in the Workplace
Because I had my first child quite early, almost all of my experience in the workplace has been as a mama. I did what I could to balance work and life from the beginning, but I always felt that my career advancement was slowed because I couldn't work beyond my strick 40-hour work week, having to often pump during my breaks or leave right away in the evenings to pick up from childcare. I have had mentors that were mamas, some of whom helped me navigate the "do's" and the "don't's" of the working world, what was allowed or not. I've had mentors that were papas, who seemed generally less flexible in my experience.
An urbanMama recently emailed with her experience:
At this point I am bitter and disappointed. What happened to the sisterhood of working mothers? How can women in management positions who have fought for progressive work-life balance solutions turn around and adopt the values the very values that they sought to change?
Have you seen mamas in the workplace who have come before you help pave new policies or understanding of the work-life balance? Or, have you seen mamas sink into the status quo and perpetuate existing standards, that conflict with our instincts to allow mamahood to be a priority, even in our worklives? What has been your experience with mamahood in the workplace?