I love this piece, but why does it take finally being a mother for young women (and some older women) to understand that working mothers pull their weight – and then some — at work? The mom shaming has to end. If you hear someone at work disparaging a working mother, speak up. Most likely, if she’s not there at 7:00 PM, she’s there at 8:00 AM — and most likely working after she puts her kids to bed, too. Don’t wait until it’s your turn to demand respect for working women and moms — demand it now.
I still am embarrassed by this memory. Five years ago I walked into an office on the twenty-fifth floor of the Manhattan headquarters of Time Inc. (which owns Fortune.) I was there to meet with Time.com’s then managing editor and pitch a partnership idea, but once I took a seat and surveyed the endless photos of her small children spread across the airy space, I decided this editor was too much of a mother to follow up on the idea.
I still went through with my proposal, but I walked out sure I would never talk to her again. She wasn’t the first and only mother whose work ethic I silently slandered. As a manager at The Huffington Post and then The Washington Post in my mid-twenties, I committed a long list of infractions against mothers or said nothing while I saw others do the same.
- I secretly rolled…
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