MOTHER or WORKING MOTHER?
The kindest one in this world. “Ah! That can only be a mother.”
The pressure we as a society put on a woman is how she has to be, up to certain expectations, to be a good mother. Why do moms have to be the perfect parent among the set of parents and why dads are always kept out of the conversation even if they’re an equally incredible parent. Why do fathers always come as second best for their kids? That is quite a tense aspect of the society we live in where we put all the pressure on a woman and take all credits from the man. While we move towards a progressive society, mothers are still expected, if not told so, to sacrifice everything for their kids, but if they make themselves a priority, they’re called out as bad mothers Whereas fathers are praised for being more indulged into parenting than they were in prior times, even if that is what should have been the norm.
“Empowerment does not mean that you have to ignore your kid”. Yes. But what empowerment really means is that a woman should get to choose what and how she wants to manage her time with her child and no one should force or manipulate her otherwise. All this pressure has led women to multitask, manage work, home, family, and kids, all at once, every day. And if amid this she expects help, the first reply would be “why don’t you take a break from your job”. To point out some misogynistic approach towards working mothers, people also mock their multitasking by saying stuff like “what does she wants to prove”, “ Her child should be her first priority, what is she being so dramatic”, completely ignoring all her struggle just to live her life her the way she wants. The problem here being that many people don’t even understand why a woman should work, why it is so important for her to be financially independent. All of this even leads to potential mental stress but even that leads to the same conclusive solution that she should not be working.
It is true that the picture is changing and we have become more progressive in our approach than we ever were towards mothers. However, the ratios and the pace of growth is still tense. There are always exceptions to the trend and the trend still is that mothers are expected to be “good mothers” as if they aren’t already and the word mother only does not imply that.
Mothers are always working, so if we really want to describe mothers who work to earn then we should call them “earning mothers” and not “working mothers”. Now, why do we need earning mothers? So that she does not have to compromise on being a woman because she is a mother! She can have equal credibility in deciding for their kids, even the basic decisions like what school they should go to. Moreover, they can always opt for better for their kids and not compromise on the limited income of money. So that people don’t shut them up saying “what do you know”, even after being a mother, who is said to be in the best interests of their child.
Earning mothers are important so that they can walk out of a toxic marriage for the better of their kid and do not have to live in a toxic marriage for the better of their kid. So ironic! All mothers are always working, so either we change the terminology or include them. Either they are called mothers or working mothers. Because calling just the mothers who earn as working does not sound fair or logical.
The views expressed are that of the writer.