Here is a thoughtful blog post by a mom who is training to be an anesthesiologist and the real bias in that field against mothers. I found myself commenting in the story:
Thank you for this thoughtful blog post! I am not in medicine but have heard similar stories from working mom friends in general. If their kids are sick, they feel like they must lie in order not to be viewed as “slackers”. It doesn’t matter how many hours they work, how many awards they win and/or if they go to work sick themselves. The same is not true of any other employee or any other reason other than children to take time off work. And these stereotypes and perceptions are NOT in their heads. I work in a non-profit organization that advocates for mothers and families, and we have come across study after study that mothers face all kinds of discrimination in the workplace including less likelihood of being hired and unexplainable wage gaps compared to non-mothers (including fathers). Here is more information if interested: http://www.momsrising.org
Thanks for the heads up, BB!
And one more news item, I’d like to highlight in MSN. This year’s crop of SAT takers earned the lowest reading scores — an average of 492 — since 1972. The article blamed a record-breaking test-taking pool, including more minorities and English-as-a-second language takers.
This premise and this obsession over the SAT and standardized testing have always bugged me. I didn’t break 500 on the verbal either — in either of the three times I took the test — and I dare anyone to tell me that it harmed me in any way. I was always a good student, including in honors English, and found that my reading skills and vocabulary increased as I got older and went to college. I. Just. Choked. On. The. SAT. Three Times.
To these students, I’d tell them what I wish I knew then. I’d say study hard, keep your grades up and find additional skills — like sports or clubs — you are passionate in. There are many colleges out there and not one is a recipe for success. The SAT is not the be all and end all. /RANT.
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?