Oh, how the modern world has changed! Women, once relegated to the domestic sphere, now have the freedom to pursue their careers while raising their children. Yet, this newfound liberation has come with its own set of challenges. Enter the working mother.
The working mother embodies the essence of the divine feminine archetype, the nurturing, creative force that has been suppressed for far too long. She is a symbol of the power and potential of women, who have been denied their rightful place in society. The divine feminine is rising, and the working mother is at the forefront of this movement. She is a catalyst for change. A unique phenomenon. A force to be reckoned with. She is a symbol of strength, resilience, and tenacity. A sad master of multitasking, juggling work and family with ease (?) but, alas, a victim of the patriarchal system that created her.
For centuries, women were expected to be the sole caretakers of the home and children. But now, as the world has progressed, women have taken on more responsibilities outside the home. They have proven themselves capable of succeeding in the workforce, yet they are still burdened with the expectation of fulfilling their traditional roles at home. One thing the pandemic extravaganza helped demystify is the multitude of roles working mothers get to play on a daily basis. With schools and daycares closed, many working mothers have had to take on the role of teacher, caregiver, and employee, all at the same time.
Meanwhile, the working mother must navigate a labyrinth of obstacles. She faces discrimination in the workplace, with employers doubting her dedication and commitment to her job. More often than not, she gets paid less than her male counterparts, despite doing the same work. And she is expected to maintain her duties as a mother, managing the household and taking care of her children, without any support from her workplace or society. Madness, one may attest.
But fear not, dear working mom. You are not alone. There is hope on the horizon. Slowly (and sometimes too slow for our liking) more and more companies are recognizing the value of working mothers and are implementing policies to support them. From flexible schedules to on-site childcare, organizations are beginning to understand that the success of their employees is tied to the success of their families. For some of us who get to reside within the European Union, we even witness new legislations requiring companies to disclose information about their gender pay gap. Is this enough? Will it ever be?
It is a slow and arduous journey, and steps are being made. Women are demanding their rightful place in the workforce, and they are not backing down. The working mother is a testament to the strength and resilience of women, and she will not be silenced.
So, let us honor and celebrate the working mother for the remarkable force she is. Let us continue to fight for her rights, for her equality, and for her success. Let us unveil the truth of working motherhood and bring it to the forefront of society. And let us continue to support and uplift the working mother, for she is a beacon of hope and a harbinger of change. For only then can we create a world where women are truly free to pursue their dreams and care for their families, without sacrificing one for the other.
Featured Image: Gustav Klimt, Mother and Child (detail from “The Three Ages of Woman“)