Jobs to all mother

This will be the reality of thousands of mothers, in Mexico or anywhere in the world, an important piece of my TV broadcast team told me (without her, the manufacture of the newscast would not be the same): for this May 10 , the organizers of the festival for Mother’s Day at her little one’s school decided that the celebration would be this Friday at 10 in the morning. She asked what would be the option for working moms, could they join remotely, like the previous two years? And the answer was no, that there is only the option of attending in person.

“Too bad you’ll miss it…”, replied another of the moms in the group chat.

The health emergency forced us to adapt. We realized that many things worked despite being developed in a different environment. This would already have to be the engine to create new dynamics and enrich them. My colleague, who during the day of healthy distance and in the months of epidemiological traffic light on alert attended several school events through zoom, has now been excluded from an important and well-deserved celebration, because we failed to create the stage so that what we knew and what surprised can coexist. One more factor when we talk about the labor inequality that women face and the subsections suffered by those who decide to become mothers.

Only four out of ten Mexican women of working age are part of the economically active population. To this percentage, below the world average, we must add that this labor force receives 20% less salary than that received by a man who does the same job. One inequality after another. When a working woman becomes a mother, she is only guaranteed six weeks of rest before and six weeks after giving birth with pay, then it will be up to her how she manages to fulfill the work that allows her to obtain an income and fulfill the responsibilities that a home implies. And in a context like the one our country is going through, where programs such as child care or full-time schools are questioned, the list of battles grows.

And, as I mentioned at the beginning of this text, the gap also opens in the opposite direction. Working women excluded from activities that are intended only for mothers who are at home (doing unpaid work, that’s another story).

According to the #RankmiPulse study, after the pandemic, these are the benefits most valued by mothers: hybrid work models or telecommuting, flexible hours, support for childcare, medical expense insurance, food vouchers, productivity bonuses and a pension fund. saving. If the purpose is to reduce the labor gap that women experience, authorities and companies should begin to trace the route to transition: provide the necessary elements so that working women can optimally develop all their fronts. Starting even with the perception that is made of a working woman at street level: even making her attendance at a Mother’s Day festival accessible through the vehicles that technology offers us.

May 10 is an almost sacred day in Mexico, let’s also make the possibilities sacred for women who are mothers. More than sacred, let’s make them real.

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