At Lead Mama Lead we believe that the workplace needs to change to make more room for family and caring roles in our lives. Not just for mothers, but for fathers, and anyone who needs to play a caring role outside of work.
Working mothers do not need to be fixed. The workplace does.
And we aren’t the only ones who believe this. Here are three TED Talks on the topic that are worth your time:
Anke Plagnol: Mothers, work and well-being
The role of culture, work satisfaction, government policy and partner’s work flexibility on working mothers work life satisfaction and wellbeing.
Katrina Alcorn: Maxed Out- Changing the Conversation About Women and Work
Katrina Alcorn reached a breaking point in her work life when she completed burned out. This led her on her own journey of recovery, and later on to becoming an advocate for workplace reform. This talk focuses on the US workplace, but lessons are relevant to working mothers in most Western contexts.
Ann Marie Slaughter: Can we Have it All?
After a career in international affairs and academia, Ann Marie Slaughter came to realise that we need to value the caring roles that both parents play and make more room for caring to exist alongside our careers, rather than be devalued or seen as an impediment to a successful career.
Take this topic further
If you enjoyed hearing these perspectives, and you would like to get a better understanding of their perspectives and the research, you might also enjoy reading:
- Unfinished Business by Ann Marie Slaughter
- The Wife Drought by Annabel Crabb
- Taking on the Big Boys by Ellen Bravo
- Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink by Katrina Alcorn