May 4, 2021
Collectively, moms have confronted a lot of uncertain moments historically. Some of us have gone to give birth with a plan and had to make adjustments. Others thought they were going to adopt a particular child and then the legal system changed her plans. Yet, 2021 felt a little different. It was the year that according to one Reuters article about 2 million moms were pushed out of the workforce. The article that I am referencing is this one entitled: Pushed out by pandemic, women struggle to regain footing in U.S. job market, by Jonnelle Marte and Aleksandra Michalska. In this article, you can witness how two moms who were featured are thinking through their career options, childcare constraints, and whether they will return to the workplace anytime soon. Despite this episode being a dedication to those 2 million moms who were impacted by the pandemic, this episode is an important one to bookmark whether you are a mom or not. Here’s why:
You too will feel the impact from such a void in the workplace. You have to admit there is something unique about a mother’s touch: be it her care, conviction, or deep-seated loyalty. If it’s easier for you to get what I am referring to. Do this: Think about whatever you may have felt from a maternal figure in your life. It’s that tenderness, warmth, or concern. That is exactly what will be missing in the products and services that will no longer have the benefit of being ideated, sold, or enhanced by a mom. Realize that moms are the ones who not only care about the here-and-now but moms are all also already tied-into and invested in what will bear fruit tomorrow. All moms want the best for their children. What will ultimately be missing or what is at stake are the “best” innovations and solutions to problems that must be solved. The best answers to meaningful questions will be at stake. Answers provided with the best intentions. Offerings making good on the promise to deliver the best experiences. Seems like a void worth filling? Don’t you think? Tune in. This conversation is worth your time. Too few moms will share what’s on their mind and fewer will reach out to you for help. Listen to this episode so that you can be a better friend or advocate during any mom’s career journey. And if you are a mom then welcome fellow warrior. There’s a lot to cover here.
Share this episode with three moms who left their workplaces (voluntarily or not) yet wish to return because they know they have yet to unleash their greatest potential. What’s that saying? A mom’s job is never done? Yep, that mom who has more to accomplish in her career. She needs to hear this episode.
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Other podcast episodes featuring moms
Caitlyn Elf, Registered Dietitian and Mom, Shares How to Make Eating a Learning Experience Even Snacking in Isolation, Discusses Changing Careers From Marketing Into Nutrition, and How To Keep The Peace During Family Dinners, Episode 19