Stay-at-home mums are also valued
MUCH is made of the gender imbalance in our modern world.
The statistics show men dominate when it comes to high-powered jobs in the vast majority of fields in the workforce so it’s not surprising that demands are being made for better deals for the fairer sex.
You’ll get no argument from me against women being bosses when they have the qualifications and experience to handle the role.
What does worry me, however, is that while there is a growing push to give women more power in workplaces there is also a real risk of forgetting the value of stay-at-home mums.
Often when you meet someone for the first time the conversation focuses on what you do or, in the case of retirees like me, used to do in the paid workforce.
Recently after hearing from let us say the modern-day butcher, baker and candlestick maker in a room full of people, I turned to a young woman who had been rather quiet and asked her to tell me her story.
“I’m just a full-time mum,” she said as she gave me a look of relief, you know the sort that you give someone appreciative after being asked a question when feeling like the odd one out.
“You’ve probably got a most challenging job at times but if you get it right, surely it must be most rewarding,” I said.
The next day I noticed there was yet another story in my newspaper about women in the workforce facing the so-called glass ceiling.
Pity, I thought, pity that the value of women who choose to stay at home is not being as widely recognised.
There is the occasional attempt to acknowledge the dollar value of caring for children in the home but no one will ever be able to measure a mother’s love. John Logan, Greenwood.