The Washington Post reported recently that the notorious “wage gap” between men and women is closing, with young women now outstripping their male counterparts in some municipalities. One researcher in the piece says disparities across lifetime earnings of men and women can largely be explained by parenting. He says women “suffer a penalty when they become a mom”. But Mad Christians know, it is only a penalty if you think raising children and making a home is not as important as paid work.
In related news, an article was published last week in USA Today (read it at Yahoo) regarding LinkedIn, the global networking and recruitment site. LinkedIn is giving people the option to choose “stay-at-home parent” to account for time spent away from paid employment. LinkedIn says this represents a ‘significant step in normalizing parenting-based career gaps’.
The modern professional seems to need to account for every day of their life, proving they’ve occupied themselves with career-advancing work. If there is a break in your resumé, are you really serious about your career?
The move by LinkedIn seems to be aimed at getting women out of the home and back into the office with the underlying assumption that career is the main thing in life and time-out to care for family is a speedbump. But it is interesting that the professional world has to admit that the important work of raising children and making a home takes time and energy. Even they must concede that “stay-at-home-mom” is a job description.
Those women who are practicing the Daughters of Wisdom discipline, will know that the vocation of wives and mothers is extolled in Proverbs 31.
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness…
The woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
So ladies, whatever your days are filled with, be reminded as Rev Fisk says this is not a laundry list of something to become. This is how Christ sees you. Believe it.