It happens all too often. I’ll be standing on stage and someone will ask this question: “How can you be a good mom and executive?”
The question is well-intentioned. Kind-hearted. And inherently sexist. It assumes the only way to be a good mom is to be the family’s primary caregiver. This assumption is a myth that research has long debunked. Yet it’s an assumption that persists until today which is why I’m addressing it here.
Our society continues to uphold that the role of women in society is to be good mothers and wives. Layer a career on top of these roles and now we expect women to be good mothers, wives, and employees. In essence, we expect women to “have it all.”