Stay-at-home mums are also val­ued

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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.

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