Women and Work ■ ■ ■
A woman who works, whether inside or outside the home (or both), deals with difficult decisions every day. No matter what she decides, or even if the decision isn't hers at all, there are plenty of people to tell her she should feel guilty and that she should do things better or differently.
When her workplace is unsupportive, this only adds to her turmoil. She feels guilty for not doing enough at work and guilty for not doing enough at home.
Though men experience plenty of work-life conflict, women take advantage of family-friendly benefits more than men do. And while men are doing more child care and housework than ever before, women have different needs. Only women deal with pregnancy complications and breastfeeding (and resultant loss of sleep).
Some issues that either uniquely or disproportionately concern women include:
Though some women stay home with their children, many do not. A recent survey shows that LDS (Mormon) women are more likely to stay home with their children than their non-LDS counterparts, but even so, a large percentage of LDS women are employed (48 percent work either full or part time, and another 10 percent list their employment status as "other" ).
In situations where mothers work, they still want to take care of their children in the best way possible, and if more employers recognized this, it would be easier for mothers to do both. It doesn't have to be an either/or proposition. Women today often must choose between feeding their children and spending time with them.
It could be better if we work to make family-friendly workplaces possible.
“The question of whether or not to work is the wrong question. The question is, ‘Am I aligned with the Lord’s vision of me and what He needs me to become, and the roles and responsibilities He gave me in heaven that are not negotiable?’”
Julie B. Beck