Mama's Work

 

HOW DO WOMEN AROUND THE GLOBE JUGGLE WORK AND MOTHERHOOD?

While many consider motherhood one of the world’s most important jobs, women deserve greater recognition for the challenging balance of work and motherhood. What challenges do working mothers face? How does mothers' work affect family structures? And what systemic changes must be made for moms to get the support they need?

Explore the Mama's Work gallery to find out.

FACTS, FIGURES, AND DATA THAT FRAME THE ISSUES
  • The majority of women face the "double shift" of daily paid work and family responsibilities, making work-life balance a pressing issue for mothers. What can be done to alleviate some of the burden?
ART, WRITING, AND MULTIMEDIA FROM WOMEN AND MEN AROUND THE WORLD
  • This short film illuminates the economic value of mothers’ work and the need for policies in the U.S. to effect life/work balance for mothers.
  • A working mother expresses the indignity of being forced to pump breastmilk on the floor of the public bathroom while on the job.
  • Pattabi Raman’s photo series portrays of women in rural India who fulfill the dual roles of mother and financial breadwinner for their family.
THOUGHT LEADERS PRESENT PROVOCATIVE, INNOVATIVE IDEAS
  • Irene Natividad, President of the Global Summit of women, says required, paid leave for both mothers and fathers is just a start to supporting working mothers effectively.
  • Jennifer Siebel Newsom, filmmaker and founder of MissRepresentation.org, talks about why working mothers need support from all angles in order for the gender revolution to truly progress.
HEROES WORKING TO ADVANCE THE RIGHTS OF MOTHERS AND CHILDREN
  • Um Ala is a successful businesswoman and mother in Jordan, where female business owners are rare. Um is now her family’s primary breadwinner, and employs her husband and sons.
  • Joan Blades, author and founder of MomsRising.org, advocates for healthy business policies for mothers, and creating a system that supports parents in the modern workforce.

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