Have you noticed I have a theme going at the moment? *Hidden*. There are so many things that women and society don’t know or discuss and I have a burning need to have a little rant about them. If you can think of anything that you would like me to bring up – please message me. I am quite happy to have a good old moan about most things!
This week I want to talk about the women you see standing at the school gates. Did you know that majority of them used to have careers? BIG careers. Some were Financial Controllers, some were Managing Directors, some were Creative Account Managers – I could go on.
I was a Business Systems Analyst! Woohoo get me. Sounds a lot posher than it was.
Then I and the rest of the women at the school gates had kids. Whether we chose to stay at home with our kids or it wasn’t financial viable to pay child care or whether the option of flexible part time work wasn’t available – the result is the same, we became the most underutilised resource in the country.
Highly experienced, trained, educated woman going to waste. Flexible part time jobs are an option, but they are usually junior positions, badly paid and soul destroying. Or working in schools and nurseries as lunch supervisors or teaching assistants.
Now I am not saying that lunch supervisors and teaching assistants are bad jobs, I am just saying that if you were formally the Finance Director of a large London firm, then it’s not really using the skills and knowledge that you have.
Don’t you think that this is sad for the country and the economy and for the women?
There are big movements going on now in the world of women and working that I think are really important, and if you get time, go have a browse of Facebook and Twitter for the following:
#workthatworks and #cleanupthefword (f being flexible)
You might think that I would be passionate about this because of the kids. But I am not – I do think kids benefit from having mum at home, but I think kids in a good child care situation with a happy mum also thrive.
No, I don’t care what the kids think or society thinks. I want women to be happy. I want women to be able to utilise all those wonderful skills and experience and feel mentally fulfilled. I want society, the community and the economy to benefit from what these women can do.
I want this *hidden* workforce to come forward and demand to contribute meaningfully and most importantly to be happy. So I shall be joining the movements and I hope that eventually truly flexible, adaptable, remote, exciting and fulfilling work will be available to all mums.