A woman colleague or employee tells you that she’s taking time out from work to focus on her family. Your reaction is just casual acceptance and even a sense of déjà vu! Of course. “Women are never committed to their jobs seriously enough!” or “What else would you expect from a woman!” could be just some of the thoughts going through your head.
Women cannot have it all, according to women themselves. After all, houses – just like workplaces – can’t run by themselves. Sick elders, little children and infants can’t feed themselves and look after their own health and hygiene without supervision, support or hands-on involvement.
Women may have mastered many things, learned to multi-task and even juggled family demands with workplace duties. But even they have not figured out how to be present in two places at the same time! Time travel, anyone? Not a chance! Stay-at-home husband? Great idea, but available to only a very few women, since most men take their role as bread-winners way too seriously to consider the possibility.
Very few women make it to top corporate positions, into houses of parliament and other positions of power. This has less to do with their abilities and more to do with their priorities in general which curb their ambitious spirits.
What they lack is a supportive environment at home where their children demand attention and care. Most women know and accept the fact that they’re the ones required to make the most compromises and sacrifices that their family requires. On the flip side, families are thrive better with double incomes coming in, instead of relying on a single income.
As we are all aware, working moms face a lot of struggles and only after extraordinary efforts do some of them succeed at home as well as the workplace. For the others, the gig economy is here – giving them the much-needed control over their schedules and work lives and helping them to succeed at careers as stay-at-home moms.
Look at how the gig economy is helping stay-at-home moms to take up careers, without neglecting the home front, virtually becoming super-moms.
Women need not leave their work lives for good anymore when they plan to have babies. Career-oriented women who are ambitious can fulfill their professional dreams through the gig economy, even as they maintain and enjoy a work-life balance, which is difficult to aspire for in a regular job.
By creating such opportunities, organizations are helping women provide for their families as well as benefit from tapping into their talent. These companies can also impact the social and economic aspects of having women participate in the workforce and be productive.
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