I have a few titles. Mom. Sister. Daughter. Volunteer. Executive Director. Gen Xer. Now I get to add a new one – Breadwinner Mom.
This past May, it was reported in a study released by the Pew Research Center that mothers are the primary or sole source of income in a growing number of U. S. families. These “Breadwinner Moms” are either married moms with incomes higher than their husbands (not me) or single moms (that’s me).
It seems I’m in a bit of a crowd. Single mothers are reported by this Pew study to comprise 25 percent of all households with children. Women make up about 50 percent of the labor force.
On the surface, it may read like women are getting what they worked for in past and continuing social movements. Believe me, as a single mom, I’m grateful for the ability to support my kids. As a woman, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to develop myself and my career and contribute my talents to making the world a better place. There are, however, a few things that seem a little off-balance.
I’m certain that I’m not the only single mom who comes home to kids with homework, meals to prepare, laundry to do, and dust bunnies to clean – and often with work coming home from the office with me. In fact, I’d venture to guess that there are more than a few married moms coming home to the same thing. As Sheryl Sandberg has challenged in her growing Lean In movement, men need to pay more attention to pitching in more at home.
While it commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, Women’s Equality Day has come to stand for much more. The achievements of women have been monumental. Women’s Equality Day is an opportunity to recognize the opportunities that come from equal education and employment, ending discrimination and violence, and empowering women around the world. Women’s Equality Day is an opportunity to treat everyone as equals – everywhere.
LET’S FIND THE BALANCE IN EQUALITY!
Ifeoma U. Aduba