We kicked off Women’s History Month with Heading Home: Motherhood, Work, and the Failed Promise of Equality, by Shani Orgad. In case you missed them, here’s a roundup of this week’s blog posts and other media coverage related to Orgad and her work.
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In the News
“Realising they had sacrificed their careers for their families was a source of deep pain for many of the women.”
When Dr Shani Orgad, Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, was dropping off her children at their local school gate one morning, a mother of one of her children’s classmates asked her if she wanted to join her for a coffee. When Dr Orgad thanked her and said she couldn’t because she had to get to work, the mother replied: “you poor thing.”
Dr Orgad says: “I was puzzled by this reaction; I wondered why she felt sorry for me.” She became curious about women like this mother, who had given up years of education, training, and successful careers, seemingly to embrace full-time motherhood.
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I’m a working mom. Often, that feels like the whole of my identity. I work—as an editor at HBR. And I mother—two children, now aged 9 and 10. Yes, I have a husband and friends and outside interests. But the vast majority of my time, energy, and focus is spent on two things: job, kids. And if I’m honest, trying to excel in both realms is a constant, draining, exasperating struggle. Can I be a star employee and a sterling parent at the same time? Should I balance or integrate? Lie low or lean in? Aim to “have it all” or settle for “good enough”?
Millions of women ask themselves similar questions daily, and there are no easy answers. Yet analyses of and advice on working motherhood (or, rather, of moms who work outside the home, since mothering is, of course, its own job) continue to pour in.
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From the CUP Archives
In this interview, Orgad delves into the source of her desire to research and write about motherhood and work and discusses what she found most surprising and challenging about her findings.
In this excerpt, Orgad illustrates how and why mothers use and endorse popular constructions of motherhood through personal and public stories to project an image of satisfaction.