The Working Mother's Bill of Rights
Women’s labor-force participation reached a 33-year low in January 2021, putting us in what economists have dubbed a “Shecession.” Several stories have been shared over the years that address how working mothers can maintain a healthy work-life balance, but work-life integration is our focus as we reflect on what it truly means to be a modern-day working mother.
I am a working mother. These are my rights:
I have the right to prioritize my mental health and the emotional and mental health of my children.
I have the right to a career that allows me to have work-life integration, not the burden of creating work-life balance between two equally demanding jobs.
I have the right to openly say my family and my children are more important to me than my career without the misconception I am any less dedicated to or successful in the workplace.
I have the right to create healthy boundaries.
I have the right to embrace the skills I’ve developed as a parent and apply them to my career because motherhood has made me a better professional.
I have the right for Motherhood to be recognized as a job. Motherhood is not a "gap" in my resume and certainly not "time off."
I have the right to take time away from work to focus solely on my children.
I have the right to take care of myself as an individual beyond my roles as mother and professional.
I have the right to thrive in my career and enjoy my time at work away from my children focused on my job performance without guilt.
I have the right to say no to unrealistic expectations and to my children.