Behind every succesful woman, there’s a wife
My friend Bron sent me this ABC News article over the weekend and reading it made me want to yell “f*ck yeah!” (sorry gran).
Once again, here we are at International Women’s Day, arguing about whether we need a quota system to ensure more women get on the boards of big companies.
I’ve got an idea for a quota.
How about we work towards 30 per cent of men taking up the role of “Wife” by 2015?
For all of our agonising about workplace culture, professional pathways, mentoring, partnerships for success and whatnot, it’s as plain as dog’s bollocks that the main reason women are under-represented in the senior echelons of just about any professional field is that they hardly ever have wives.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining – I was lucky to have a stay-at-home hubby for a year and we share the housework now that we’re both working full-time. But I do think its much easier for a woman to have a successful career when she has a similar level of support to the support men with stay-at-home-wives have.
I know I was able to function best at work when I was fortunate enough to have a full-time nanny and housekeeper. I knew my child was being looked after wonderfully, I didn’t have to do any housework and I could concentrate on my job during the day and just relax and enjoy my family when home.
Sometimes I feel a bit like we’ve been screwed by feminism because instead of just allowing us the choices we hoped for it’s left us trying to do absolutely everything and not feeling like we’re doing anything properly.