Working moms received a lot of recognition last week with the publication of Katherine Zaleski’s apology to the former moms she worked with. As a mom, she now sees how hard they were really working – and how work can be done at different times – not just when it’s face time. Our own Donna Levin, VP and co-founder of Care.com and mom two reacts below.
She is, deservedly, getting plenty of love and pub this week for being refreshingly self-aware and owning the role she, as a woman, once played in making the workplace inhospitable for working moms.
For mothers in the workplace, it’s death by a thousand cuts – and sometimes it’s other women holding the knives,” Zaleski wrote for “Fortune,” in a piece in which now-CEO apologizes to the mothers she’s judged or passively held down. “I didn’t realize this – or how horrible I’d been – until five years later, when I gave birth to a daughter of my own.”
And good for Katharine Zaleski for doing something about it, for aspiring to give career-minded working moms a third option – one between “leaning in” and “opting out.”