Thoughtful piece by Ursula Mead yesterday. Mead points out what working moms really want:
They want flexible schedules, so they can make it to that youth soccer game sometimes; paid time off, so they don't have to fret about bills when they have to stay home with a sick kid; and an equal shot with their male coworkers when they vie for jobs, promotions and assignments (aka, no "mommy track").
What strikes me about her list is that not only is this wishlist reasonable, but I would hope that all parents, fathers and mothers alike, would want the same things. We should want our employers to trust that we can work diligently and competently even as we place our families front and center. We should want time to raise and nurture our children. This isn't always the case, but all parents should aspire to make it so.
One last note. Mead gives high praise to her former employer The Motley Fool for its willingness to invest in her even after she left to build InHerSight, a website that measures workplace quality for women. I can't help but be impressed that they would make such an investment.
It makes me think that it would be wise for businesses to see clearly how important their employees' children are and that those children, too, are worthy of their investment.