Moms Working Full Time The Norm, Not The Exception

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Don’t be fooled by Atlantic headlines or even perhaps your social circle. The question is not if but how.

By Laura Yecies (CEO, SugarSync)

Since a picture’s worth a thousand words, this blog post can be short.

Take a look at the below chart from the US Department of Health and Human Services website.

Many, many American women to the tune of tens of millions are today working full-time while caring for their children under 18. This number has increased nearly 50% in the last 40 years.

The attention drawn by the Anne-Marie Slaughter piece and others are distracting people from this reality.

Most mothers “have it all”, not a mythical idealized “all” but a sleeplessly busy “all” of full-time work as a key breadwinner for the family and loving care of their children. For many, the work is fulfilling and enjoyable, for some it isn’t, just as it ranges for men.

Don’t be fooled by Atlantic headlines or even perhaps your social circle. The question is not if but how. And that’s where we should focus our energies – not in debating the “if” but in solving the “how”. How can we make sure these parents and families live in a society and community that provides the structure and support needed for their health and happiness.

This post was originally posted at here.

About the guest blogger: Laura Yecies is CEO of SugarSync, makers of the award-winning SugarSync online data back-up and storage, syncing and file sharing service. She is a consumer software and Internet services industry veteran with nearly two decades of experience leading top consumer brands such as ZoneAlarm, Yahoo and Netscape. Laura blogs at The Kitchen Sync about work, family, travel and other activities converging, and the lessons learned along the way. Follow her on Twitter at @lyecies.