Working mothers getting an unfair break? Hardly.
(Tim) On the way to Spokane, it's my third flight of the day, but we're delayed due to some thingamabobber on the front of the wing that's not responding to the watchamacallit. So more interesting tidbits from the Times.
In the business section, there's a short piece on singles in the corporate world who are whining about how unfair it is that parents get perks they don't get. If working mothers get time off or flex time to care for sick children and to give birth, why shouldn't they get time off to go to Jamaica?
Family friendly benefits are starting to generate a backlash among those people who do not have children. Childless singles feel put upon, taken for granted and exploited…by married and childrearing co-workers.
The article tells us "a growing number of childless workers are answering 'no' to questions like… 'Is it fair to offer a working mother a flexible schedule but not provide the same option to a woman without children?'"
Anyone care to answer their question?
For myself, I'd start by saying one of the great injustices of our country is the terrible burden working mothers are forced to bear, particularly those who are single...
Yes, there are always a few bad apples in the bushel. Undoubtedly some working mothers take advantage of the adjustments their employers make for them. But the mothers of our congregation who have young children and need to work because, for instance, their husband abandoned them, are my heroines.
Beleaguered. Sleepless. Tired. Poor. Fearful of losing their
children, being judged by other believers, and having their ex woo
their children's hearts away from them and from God; who could possibly
feel put upon by them? Ever since we fell head over heels for no-fault
divorce laws, women and children have been the largest share of the
growth in those living below the poverty line. And this is not even to
mention the suffering of those million plus women each year in these
United States whose boyfriends, husbands, fathers, or mothers talk them
into killing off their unborn babies.
Documenting the crisis, the Times reports that HR Magazine ran a cover story for corporate human resource staff titled, "Are You Too Family Friendly?"
Corporate America too family friendly? Get serious. When family wages return, I'll begin to worry.