There was this article in the Chron business section earlier this week about how more women with children are saying they want to work part-time these days. I don't know a whole lot about that, but it seems to me we could short-circuit a lot of the discussion that's sure to follow this if we take note of one fairly significant fact that went otherwise unremarked upon:
For Erica Rubach, a 32-year-old mother of two, the findings weren't a surprise. A year ago she felt she couldn't keep her head above water, though to others her life might have seemed ideal: two young kids and a job she loved as director of marketing and business development at a television station.
"But I knew there just wasn't room for both in my life," she says. "It was killing me."
So she left her job, with its 60-70 hour weeks, and with fellow mother Joani Reisen founded MomSpace, a networking site devoted to matching mothers with services in their communities. The two now work on their own schedules.
The irony is that she's probably working about 40 hours a week at MomSpace now. And that probably feels like a part time job to her. I'd say that's a pretty significant part of the problem here, wouldn't you?Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 27, 2007 to Society and cultcha