2018 was a great year for women. It was the year that women took a stand and said no to casual sexism, stopped being silent about sexual assault, and fought to level the playing field for everyone. But, despite massive social changes, protests, and name calling from all sides, there is still so much to be done, especially when it comes to women in the workplace. Here are 5 myths we need to stop believing about career women to help us move forward in 2019.
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Working mothers are not lazy or neglecting their kids
I don’t why some people are so suspicious of working mums and treat them differently from everyone else in the office, but it is a habit that needs to change. Working mums often feel the need to prove themselves and work harder than their childless workmates. But when they aren’t working tirelessly in the office, they are working tirelessly with their kids. Despite not spending as much time at home as previous generations, women are making sure that the time they spend with their kids is good quality time. I know women who work 40 hour weeks and still manage to run their homes and make sure they get quality family time in with their kids. The simple fact is that some women like working and some need to work to keep a roof over their kid’s heads.
You will miss your window for having kids
As someone who has children, I can tell you that there is a window for women to have children. And even though I am in my mid-30’s, I am still perfectly capable of making a human being. That “window” is more like a glass wall in this time and age, but that is because we have better health care and access to fertility help if we want it. Women have more choices than ever when it comes to when to have a child; if they want to have one that is. Some women don’t want to have kids (totally fine with me!) and would rather focus on their careers, friends and extended family. And who doesn’t love having a cool aunt with disposable income who can tell you fun stories about their travels around the world on holiday or for work?
Women don’t support other women
I don’t know why people believe that women don’t support each other because I have only ever seen the opposite. There are support groups for single mums, working mums, older mums…..I think there might be a group for every type of mum. When it comes to different mum tribes, there will always be clashes when it comes to certain things (breastfeeding is a big one) but when it comes to helping each other, these tribes will put aside any differences to help someone. Working women (whether they are mums or not) are not there to hold your hand in the workplace, they are there to do their job, but if you need any help, they will be there for you.
Women don’t want to work in certain areas
Here is a bit of casual sexism for you- when my dad pops his clogs, all of his military collection (uniforms, medals etc) has been left to my brother. Why? Because he is a man. My brother has absolutely zero interest in the military. I, on the other hand, have written a freaking military history book and I have others planned. When I pointed this other to my parents when they were explaining who was getting what in the will, they looked at me like I had four heads. Just because I am a girl, my parents have a hard time getting their heads around the fact that I would be better suited for the getting the collection. Just because I have boobies doesn’t mean that I don’t have an interest in certain areas, and this needs to be applied to all women. There are plenty of women out there who are interested in careers in science, engineering, and other generally male-dominated occupations. And there are plenty of men who are interested in working in areas that have been dominated by women in the past.
Women just aren’t as ambitious as men
At some point, someone decided that women aren’t ambitious. I don’t know where this idea came from but it could not be further from the truth. Like I said in one of my previous points, there are so many different support groups out there for women to help them reach their career goals. Maybe we are just a bit quieter about what we what (or maybe nobody listens) but lack of ambition is not the case. I’ve spoken to many women over the years who answer career goals questions with “world domination”. That might sound like a stupid answer but stay with me. Every woman has a different definition of what world domination is. To one woman, it will be to climb the career ladder while raising 4 children and running a house with military precision. To other women, it will be to work enough hours to pay the bills, keep on top of the laundry and not kill anyone. This is a case of each to their own, you do you. Trust me I tell you that every woman is ambitious in their own way.
Are you a member of the career women ranks or a working mum? What myths have you faced in the workplace that you want to see debunked? Let know in the comments section. And don’t forget to check out some of my other posts-