Women and Discrimination
March 13, 2007 10:21pm CST
I am a stay home mum for the most of 4 years eversince I gave birth to my second child. I have been working for more than 10 years before I quit. On top of that, I have a degree and had a cushy lifestyle. I chose to quit as I cannot find suitable alternatives to let someone to look after my children while I am gone. People whom I know said that I was stupid to have stopped working. I was even looked down for doing so. Now, when my youngest child has grown independent, I had decided to look for a job again. To my surprise, the job industry isn't that kind to women who have children. I was even asked at a specific interview whether I would take long leaves if the children were to fall ill and etc. Why cannot companies be more family oriented? There were even companies that advertised they are family oriented but I think not.... All around me, people keep saying till now that I was foolish leaving my previous job... It does take a toll on me but after looking at my 2 children how they have grown under my care, I felt quite relieve. Women out there, what are your say? Thanks.
• United States
28 Mar 07
I feel angry that people have told you things like this. You had the most important job in the world - to help rear your child! You cannot put a price on that. My mom had the same experience when she took time to have her children and returned to work when they were a bit older. A lot of places here in America have daycare centers for worker's children. They know how busy moms are and they provide care for their children while they work. If the mother wants to visit the child on her lunch break, she can. Places like that are really popular. Still, other places are in the dark ages, and when you see places like that, you just want to report them, but then it drags you into a discrimination suit. It's hard to say what it is all worth.