It’s Friday before Mothers Day, and the Girl Scouts Heart of the South have founded the National Working Mothers Day!
The girls started this celebration to show their appreciation the 70% of women with children under the age of 18 who participate in the US labor force!
I was intrigued to learn through the respective post on their website that, according to a recent study by Welch’s, out of 2,000 American mothers with kids between 5 and 12-years-old, a mother starts her day, on average, at 6:23 a.m. and doesn’t conclude duties until 8:31 p.m. working a 14-hour day, seven days a week.
The study also revealed that a working mom clocks in 98 hours, making it equivalent to working 2.5 full-time jobs, perfectly complimenting the findings of the latest UN’s World Women Report we saw in a previous blog post back in January.
But I was even more inspired when I read at The Mom At Law about some of the life lessons the Girl Scouts report they have learned from their working Moms. Their words are so nicely put, that I will do no more than quote them:
The act of giving selflessly. After full day of work, to checking on my grandmother, she is the glue that keeps us together. She never complains about doing the chores no one wants to do. She will make sure her employees and our family have what we need to be successful before ever thinking of herself. She truly exemplifies what it is to be a servant leader.
Time Management. My mother is a CEO. She is an active volunteer in her community. She is a mentor to many. She is also a daughter, a wife, and a mother. Somehow, she juggles each of our busy schedules. With an endless to-do list and only so many hours in the day, I am truly inspired by all she is able to accomplish. I see all the things she handles at work and then during her lunch she will stop and go get something I need for school and then rush back to work to finish up there. If she wasn’t good at managing her time, she would be late every night, she wouldn’t be able to help us with school and after school activities.
Hard work and determination go a long way. Not everything in life is easy. By persevering through tough times, she has transformed processes. I have learned to work my hardest and that if you are doing work you enjoy, it won’t feel so much like work! She teaches me to be determined. Even when she is having a bad day, she is always determined to do her best and try her hardest. She’s taught my sister and me that you must work hard, play hard and do what you enjoy. I am inspired to dig in, make a difference and truly find work that I am passionate about.
I can’t help but point out some pretty badass business capabilities inferred there, both practical and emotional. Think of them as everyday ways to showcase the Leadership we recently discussed in another post. I say we go one step further, though, and take this refreshing initiative global!
Let’s pin every Friday before Mother’s Day from now on as the world’s Working Mothers Day! I will definitely keep featuring this day through this space from now on, on an annual basis, and I truly hope others will follow. Working Mothers deserve the endorsement, and more awareness should be risen on the matter!
So, Happy Working Mothers Day to all working Mommas who are out there, caring, sharing, growing, and thriving non-stop!
Working Momma? You got this!