If you looked up to working mom Kate Redding as a role model, (Kate is played by Sarah Jessica Parker in the film I don’t know how she does it), I suspect you’d come to the conclusion that work-life balance is a pipe dream. Kate does a fantastic job taking on responsibility for everything and everyone, leaving little time to do anything for herself. Just watching the film tired me out! But does it have to be that way? Are there no alternatives if you decide on a career AND a family?
How can you possibly have a career and a personal life and not feel guilty that someone is getting short changed? Is it a no win situation which just can’t be resolved? Sorry for the cliche, but it’s actually a win-win situation.
Super Manage Your Childcare – My Top 3 Tips
In Part 1 of this series I talked about how you need to stop trying to be Superwoman – learn to let go (stop micromanaging!) and give others a chance to grow and develop both at home and at work. Let’s take a closer look at how this applies when it comes to looking after your kids.
Sinking Superwoman - learning that ‘OK’ is good enough
The European Parliament is calling for EU-wide legislation which would require the boards of listed companies to consist of at least 40% female members by 2020. Currently only about 10% of directors are female in the large listed companies in the EU and this has been fairly static over the last five years. How does this EU average compare to the US or UK? The unfortunate news is that the percentage of female board directors is appalling low across the western world despite women’s high participation in the workforce as well as attainment of both undergraduate as well as advanced degrees.
You can’t judge a book by its cover, but we do. With women still occupying the minority of boardroom seats, we need focus on all angles of the diversity conundrum.
Against a backdrop of females surpassing males in undergraduate degrees, some professional qualifications (e.g. law & medicine) and most recently post graduate degrees, progress at the board level has come to a standstill both in the US and the UK.
For all those celebrating American Mothers’ Day on the 8th of May, remember not to take out the “Mother” out of Working Mothers. Dads don’t lose their fatherhood when they work. Why should working mothers lose their motherhood, especially when they are still picking up most of the responsibilities at home in addition to being breadwinners?
So the big day is over. What’s next? When I got engaged those many years ago, my boss at the time reminded me that the wedding is just one day while the marriage is meant to last a lifetime. He shared this wisdom while my fiance and I were struggling to bring the two families together. The British monarchy is certainly counting on a long and happy marriage! But are the right ingredients in place? What’s different in this marriage to the rather long list of failed royal marriages (Charles & Diana, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne)?
As we quickly approach the graduation season, the question becomes what to get our budding new professionals?