I was reading the San Diego Union Tribune recently. I don't usually do this because it's my belief that most of our news is propaganda and their goal is to instill fear (just my opinion). I was intrigued by an article about women in the marketplace. Namely educated and highly skilled mothers. Now, I am not sure if I would be considered highly skilled (yet) but I am definitely a business owning mother so I was immediately intrigued.
This article talked about the struggles of the educated and driven generation of mothers in the marketplace. How moms want to have flexible work hours, work from home, AND be taken seriously as professionals while getting paid at a professional level. The article went on to say that most employers in the past found this "demographic" to be red flagged in the hiring process. That employers believed mothers weren't able do the job as well as a man or a younger woman without children. I wasn't sure how I felt about it all. In fact, I was a little confused.
Call me crazy, but I find other moms are some of the BEST business owners, employees and mentors, period. For those of you who don't know I am an avid learner. I look for great mentors to help lead me, my family and my business to my idea of success. So, for that reason I am a Gary Vayner fan. As I have listened to him he has said many times that in the last 4-5 years he has seen professional and business owning mothers to be some of the most committed and the most driven in the market. And their businesses have exploded.
Some of you might be thinking, "so what"? To me... it's HUGE!!! Do you know what this means???!!! We are taking control. Excuse my language, but f&%$ employers that won't take us seriously. F&%$ them if they want us to be there 9-5 when we are more productive late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. Let the results of a person speak for themselves. This means moms are starting their own businesses, only taking on jobs or careers that fulfill their idea of success, making their children the highest priority. This is how we create a community that will grow into a legacy. It's how we stop sacrificing who we are and our dreams... for money. It's how we change the way our children live their lives. Is there a perfect formula for it? Nope. It's messy and hard and not for everyone. But it's all changing and I'm excited for us. Women are building themselves into fierce warriors in the marketplace. Now, it may be beyond some people, but to me this is a much needed shift in our country, our culture...our values. It means moms are stepping up...and I can't wait to see where it takes us!
This is all just my opinion, and I realize without a doubt I am biased. But who isn't? I would rather be full of hope and focus on the great changes our women are making than be the pessimistic, cynical grouch. What do you think? How do other people see moms in the marketplace? I would love to know!!!??
Health, hugs & happiness,