Honoring Motherhood on Labor Day
When we, here at Tesa Babe, were trying to come up with what to write about this holiday, we got a bit stuck. First it was all, "Well we have to say something about Labor Day. After all, it's important to recognize the working citizens of the good ol' US of A." Plus we're business owners ourselves and we know what it is to put in a hard day's work or two.
But we're also moms, so then it was like, "Hmm Labor Day. Should we say something about those times we were in labor?" *Peevish glances across the table at each other* "Nahhh."
So then we were like, "Well, hey, why not do a post celebrating working moms on Labor Day? That makes sense."
But then, ultimately, we realized that whether you're a working mom or a stay-at-home mom, you're still working. The problem is, as I'm sure many of you already know, is that much of the labor that we do every day when raising children is invisible, or unrecognized as labor.
All over the world, women are doing invisible work. In 2015 a United Nations Human Development Report announced that in the United States alone, women perform several hours of unpaid labor every week in the form of caretaking or housekeeping. The report comes to the conclusion that “Women work more than men, even if a large part is relatively invisible." In fact, the United Nations found that women do three out of every four hours of unpaid labor, while men do two-thirds of work that is paid.
Of course, this is largely due to the prevailing fact of gender inequality, even here in the United States. Men still get paid more than women for the same work. Men have more access to job opportunities. And it is women more often than men whose jobs are less secure.
This is all changing. If you can remember the 70s and 80s like we can, you know for certain that things are getting better for us. But when we look up, we still see a glass ceiling. So in the meantime, we continue on. Because women and mothers have grit. Because the invisible work we do as mothers is worthwhile.
Because here's the thing. Being a mother is important. It is important to raise good human beings and to provide your little ones with time and love and care. These tiny little creatures one day become the adults that rule the world! So it is actually of the utmost importance to raise good humans.
So this Labor Day we decided to honor not just the workers of America or the working moms, but all the moms, every one of whom does important work every day, whether it's recognized or not. So here's to you, moms! You rock!