What Does Statistics Show Regarding Working Mothers Work?
1. Did your mother work when you were growing up? Are you a working mother? Or do you plan to work when you have small children? Why or why not?
1. My mother worked all her life to support the family, and I was following her steps; I spend all my daughter 's childhood working. Now that my daughter, Dania, is an adult, I decided to continue my education. Since a year ago, I decided to be a student in Bakersfield College like Dania because I would like to have a better job. Plus after so many years, I am sharing a good time with her. Right now, I do not want more children, but my plan is to work in a few years. I like to work because having a job gives my independence; I like to spend the money that I gain.
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Both parents should share responsibilities, but normally the mother carries most of the work. The reason of that, it is because women breastfeed the baby. Nevertheless, society assumes that mothers should leave the work and stay at home to take care of the family. Also, many people use the expression "off-ramping," which means that the mother should leave her job and assume complete responsibility at home. The expression also includes that women should abandon their professional careers.
7. What does statistics show regarding working mothers in different income brackets? Who ends up going back to work after the birth of a child? Why is there a gender gap in leadership?
7. According to statistics showed in the book Lean In, almost half of educated women leave temporally their careers to take care of their children. Many of them take time out because their income allows them to stay at home. However, most of the women, who have a low income, do not have the choice to stay at home or work because child care is expensive. Then for their convenience, many women have to stay at home and make some adjustments. Also, women in the high range income leave their jobs, but they have different …show more content…
Nevertheless, in real life, many families have just a parent, the mother or the father. Thus, they do not have the option to take time out.
Activity: Interview a working mother regarding what it is like to work and raise children. Did they take time off during their pregnancy? Why or why not? How much time? Did their husband expect them to? Did he take time off? Did they share childcare? Was it difficult to go back to work? Did they take a pay cut or a cut in hours? Come up with your own question(s) as well.
Activity: For mothers who have to work to support their family is hard. Most of them did not take time off during pregnancy time or after the baby was born. The reason is because the family 's income is not enough to pay all the bills. Women said that they take just some weeks off before and after the baby 's birth; then they continue working. Nonetheless, the husband did not take time off; on the contrary, he has to continue because they need his income. During the first weeks, the father and other members of the family help them with childcare. Returning to work is difficult because there are mixed feelings. Some workplaces do not consider pregnancy an issue, so they do not cut hours or