A blogger friend sent me this quote and it resonated so well that I had to preserve it among my favorite ones
As a working mom, I could relate to this so well, its stingingly true.
With women out to take the workforce by storm and eager to shatter the glass ceiling and demand equality be it in terms of pay or promotions- this also means giving the best performance, not shying away from taking up a challenging role/ project and get yourself out there in the spotlight. On my part I have always been a person who strives to do the best and be the front runner , be it in academics or work. As a Chartered Accountant working with a Investment bank my work is not a typical 9 to 5 on. In fact as I work with global counterparts I start my day by around 1 and it goes on till 10 or beyond. While the organisation is supportive of working moms and I have flexibility and work from home options, I have found it to be most productive when I work in the office amongst people whose work I supervise, interaction is better and work gets done faster. I am an advocate of diversity in the workplace, in fact I also lead the Diversity and Inclusion Stream in my organisation. A lot of people believe that women are out to take unfair advantage, in the garb of equality they can get promotions and pay rise but when it comes to work they play the working mom card and get away. This is so untrue and makes me cringe. There might be a handful who do that but why judge the entire basket for a few rotten eggs.
I have always given my best at workplace.That I am a woman and it limits my abilities as I have a child, this thought never crossed my mind. I know this may not be as easy for all women but to get to the top its essential to focus and nurture your career, by treating it only as a means of livelihood or something to pass time rather than sit at home, one cannot expect to get anywhere. Its a greater disservice to the scores of women who give their best shot day after day.
People often think its easy for a working mom, she had maids, nannies, day care and parents, in laws to take care of her children. She goes to an air conditioned office, sips coffee, sits in her plush cushioned seat, browses the net and does some bit of work, almost 9-10 hours of bliss. Imagine how tough it is for a SAHM who gets not even a tea break. While I have all the respect for a SAHM, this clouded vision is not true. While working moms have access to help which is very much essential as they are out of home and away from their kids for a major part of the day, does this absolve them of their responsibilities towards their offspring? The answer is NO.
When I step out of my house at 1 in the noon my daughter cheerfully waves me goodbye , she has been seeing me go to work since she was 4 months old and she is happy spending the day with my mum and the kids in daycare which my mom runs at our place. But every other night she asks her Mai (my mom) where is mumma is she coming now? And when I step in after a tired and stressful day, she squeals joyfully and I envelope her in a bear hug. This is the best stress buster for any one, nothing beats hugging and kissing a little bundle of joy.
I am grateful that I have my mom as my rock to support and stand by me, I know of many women who lack family support and need to do everything by themselves. Like my good friend Ankita who chose to work from home and be around for her 2 year old son while she continues to pursue her dreams of a career. I salute such women for their grit and determination.
As a mother, working from home, at office or non working- when it comes to raising our kids there is never an excuse of “oh but I have a job”. We all aim to do our best in our own way. As a working professional its the same story where despite our commitments, responsibilities we aim to give our best shot at work and not give the excuse of “Oh but I am a working mum, I should have it lighter”.
There couldn’t be a better quote to aptly summarize the incredible life of a working mom. Whats your view? Do leave a comment about what makes your life incredible?
This post is linked up with #Quoted Stories 6.