It was very interesting to see and hear reactions to the discussion about what working women need from an employer during the presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
Some women were offended by the idea that they would need to go home to make dinner. Some acted like that’s oh so 1952.
Others were offended by the idea of needing a flexible schedule.
Others questioned the 5 p.m. time mentioned: My mother said that mom’s in trouble if she’s getting off work at 5. Those kids have been home a long time and dinner is going to be late.
I do think women, or men, who are in charge in their families for picking up kids, overseeing homework and getting dinner on the table do need flexible schedules. I don’t know why that is insulting. Somebody has to be doing those tasks if you have kids and they can’t be done at 8 at night. (I guess a lot of employes are not flexible and that is why so many parents have after-school care to do the pick up and homework?)
If I go back to work outside the home, I want a job where I can be home to pick up my kids, help them with homework and make them dinner. My kids get out of school at 2:30, so I will need a flexible employer who understands I am going to get the work done but it just may be on a non-tradition schedule.
I thought the equal pay thing was interesting as well. I took over a job from a man when we lived in New York in the mid 1990s, and they were paying me probably $30,000 less than what the man was making. I complained and they said he had more experience and I said well, I have enough experience that you’ve hired me to do the same job. I did get a sizable raise but I’m sure it wasn’t as much as he was making.
So what do you think: What do working moms need from their employers? Do you want flexible schedules? Do your employers understand about picking up the kids or going to a school event? Should we feel insulted if we do make diner? What about the equal pay? Are you making as much as the males doing similar jobs in your office?