Read Up: This Week On Women
There have been quite a few articles this week that caught my attention regarding the ongoing focus on women, “leaning in” vs. “opting out”, pregnancy, motherhood, womanhood, etc. etc. etc.
It’s all very exhausting isn’t it? As a well-educated woman who works in a male-dominated corporate environment making significantly less than the other members of my team and entering the phase of my life where having children is a real possibility, all of this stuff really hits home with me. Much of it really pisses me off too.
I started to write a whole essay on my thoughts about all of this but decided that was boring and I’d really love to hear what you all have to say in the comments. Let me know!
First up is a pair of articles from the New York Times:
Is anyone really surprised that opting-out wasn’t all that these women expected it to be? On the other hand, who really cares? Why can’t we talk about the experiences of average women who feel boxed out of the traditional corporate structure when the demands of home and career conflict?
That word choice (and the photo they picked for the article) is damn problematic for me although, the focus on the lack of “family-friendly labor laws” is a good one. A lack of pay increases with an increase in the price of childcare creates tough choices for women who need to keep working but want to maintain a strong presence with their kids.
Is it a problem if companies in service-related industries mandate that their employees be happy all the time? Is this just a return to common courtesy? Are women unfairly discounted because society expects them to be nurturing and empathetic by nature?
I wish I was as smart as Emily Oster. She really dug into the reasoning behind all those dietary restrictions and testing recommendations that pregnant women get and found some holes.
Thoughts? Any other articles (intelligent or otherwise) that you want to share?
All images from Dina Goldstein’s Fallen Princesses series.