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💡A study on the status of women by the US Dept of Education revealed what business & psychology researchers had been finding in their studies for years- even when both parents work, 👩🏻💻women juggle the majority of the childcare and the housework too in the US. 🤱🏻Add in fitness?? Well a working mother runner, is ONE busy lady!!!! For me, as a leader in tech, all of my peers have always been male. Most of them with wives who stay home and they cannot relate to my running & laundry filled weekend or vacation days for race travels or my kids doctors appts. They have someone to take care of that,.... What do we do to make the race even? Well unfortunately in running it is what it is lol, but in the career race
1️⃣Do not mention your kids as an excuse for work life balance. Of course, spend time with your kids and DO have a great balance, but don’t say it in front of your male peers. Do what fathers do, say “I have an appointment”, “taking a personal day”, etc. If there’s anything I’ve learned about being a women & a minority it’s that making yourself different than others won’t help then understand you. Be different and be proud of your family, but don’t complain and don’t overshare.
2️⃣Solicit HELP from your partner and anyone who can! I’m serious. I’m a perfectionist, and I want to be at every single soccer practice, on the PTA, you name it, but I cannot possibly succeed at everything well. We have to learn to divide and conquer. Let go. Don’t let your partner get away with not ever cooking dinner, or helping with housework. Make a spreadsheet of chores and make sure it’s even. Figure out who will take kids which day, and if you can get a babysitter or family member to help, don’t be afraid to accept help!
3️⃣Believe in yourself! There are many reasons women leave the workforce, some purely economical because childcare is ridiculous, and some are noble. I would encourage you to really challenge both those reasons and play devils advocate with yourself. When it comes time for a promotion or considering a new job, think of all of the obstacles you’ve overcome so far. Use running strategies, and rise to the challenge. ❤️