I'm on a tangent this week: Motherhood, work and the prejudices we Mamas still cope with, blatant and otherwise.
Before all this political stuff, way, way back when my little one was still an infant, my husband and I were discussing my decision to leave the workforce--a job at a major news outlet--to stay home to raise a family. I lamented the fact that a woman who makes such a decision, to move out of the professional sphere for a period of time to take on the challenging responsibilities raising a family presents, doesn't generally receive credit--or even respect--for the new skills (multi-tasking, troubleshooting, conflict resolution, out-of-the-box thinking, etc., etc., etc.) she has had to master. Her years as family CEO, COO and mentor are largely discounted and, on occasion, even mocked.
Yet I would argue that, after 2+ years of stay-at-home motherhood, I am more qualified to handle tough, timely decisions. I am a more of a hard worker now than I have ever been. And you better believe I've figured out how to prioritize.
What's the argument against us? That technology has advanced beyond our skills during our years away? That we won't be able to master all of the fancy, new tools that have become standard in our fields? Hooey. I'd never in my life changed a newborn's diaper, managed a projectile vomiting 8 1/2 pound baby, or operated on a POW's sleep schedule, but somehow I figured it out. The latest version of Microsoft Word doesn't scare me.
I'm not headed back to a cubicle just yet, but when or if I decide to, I think I'm going to put my mothering skills at the top of my resume.