What Companies Must Do to Get Women Back to Work
It’s not just about making accommodations, it’s about understanding why those accommodations matter in the first place.
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For me personally, this year has completely evolved my stance on work—both what is possible, but more to the point, what is important. Last week, my daughter’s daycare was closed due to a Covid scare, which left my husband and I without any childcare, managing our full-time jobs while chasing after a now very curious, swiftly crawling 10-month-old. We gritted our teeth, ordered lots of takeout, and pushed through it. He ended up taking a day off, and I pulled out my laptop after we put her down for the night. The work needed to get done, one way or another, and while we were exhausted, neither of us felt any kind of outside pressure or anxiety about it. Our bosses weren’t angrily Slacking us, and no one was making us feel bad for the things we couldn’t control. Both of our companies were understanding, and that made all the difference.