During these last days of the summer, we here at Disruptive Women are reflecting on posts near when we first launched—it’s fascinating to see how far we’ve come and where we still have to go—to push—to Disrupt. After all, a woman’s work is never done. We originally published this post on June 19, 2012.
It’s time to take a serious look at how we expect families to combine work and family without jeopardizing their health in today’s predominantly two-wage earner family. In my book, “The New Feminist Agenda, defining the next revolution for women, work and family,” published on Mother’s Day (reviewed the same day in The New York Times Book Review on the front cover) I lay out an agenda that would enable working families to be both healthier providers and caregivers.
I was on a radio talk show Monday morning, emanating from Miami, Florida, and one of the callers explained that she has a job, recently had her second child, her husband is helpful, but all she feels in guilt. She would like to spend more time with her children, but she can’t because she is working. “Does anyone else feel this way?” she asked.
I assured her that as a mother of four children who had a political career, I knew exactly what she was talking about.
When I wrote my first book, Living a Political life, my editor at Knopf told me, “You’ve got to cut out some of the guilt in the manuscript. “ I cut some of it out of the book, but I haven’t cut it completely out of my life.