Women, Babies and Careers

The “conventional wisdom” is that women will have to sacrifice some loss of career development if they take some time out to have a baby, and in all too many instances this is more true than not. There are questions about whether women can “have it all” or whether women are as “reliable as men,” or whether they can be “counted on to give their best” to the company they work for in the same way that men do this, or that women “have to work much harder than a man to achieve the same degree of professional development.” In short, women have to compensate for their child bearing capacity.

There have certainly been changes in how women are perceived in the workplace compared to  attitudes and realities in the past, but it is also true that there simply isn’t full parity between men and women in the workplace.

However, it is rarely noted, if ever, that every man who is working for a corporation or pursuing some particular profession is only able to do this because all of them without exception had a mother.  The linkage is very simple: no mother, no man.  What this means is that if women decided they wanted to pursue their careers with the same freedom that men pursue theirs and stopped having babies for as little a time as 150 years, the human race would die out completely. There would be no more people at all.

This tells us in no uncertain terms  that women are absolutely essential for the continuance of civilization on the entire planet.  No women who are child bearing, and you have no human race, no civilization.

If we take a brief sampling of famous, significant men such as Einstein, Jonas Salk, Picasso, Beethoven,  Nureyev,  Babe Ruth,  Michael Jordan, Ghandhi and anyone else you would like to name, the one common denominator among all these “men” is not simply that they all had a mother, but for them to exist it was absolutely essential that they had a mother.

If we accorded women the value,  importance and significance they offer to the world, we would make sure that motherhood was  rewarded.  Women who were in the work force and decided to have a baby would be rewarded with time off from the beginning of their pregnancy  and at least a year off  after giving birth with full pay and a guarantee of a promotion when they returned. That would be a minimal acknowledgment.

The irony is that if we truly acknowledged the value of mothers, and treated them accordingly, the whole context of giving birth to those wonderful little babies would shift dramatically. And that shift would make our world a much better place in countless ways because we would be rewarding mothers in accordance with how really important they are for the world to continue to exist. When you acknowledge the full value of anything in the world, it makes the world a better and more realistic place to be.

Motherhood is not counter productive to success, advancement and development in the business world. It is the whole reason that the business world exists at all. No babies, no business, no world. It is truly that simple.

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I am a retired Philosophy professor. I taught philosophy for 43 years, and I would like to share some of what I have found pursuing the fascinating journey of philosophy.
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2 Responses to Women, Babies and Careers

  1. Maria Katonak says:

    Thanks, Bill, this is an interesting way (and true) to deal with this subject.



  2. abraudy says:

    Bravo, Bill! Usually the discussion is about men cannot be successful without a woman/mother behind them (or back home handling the home fires.) You got to the essence here – no mothers, no human beings, no business, no nothing.

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