Women have had to become expert at juggling for many decades. In the past two years, it was a skill and art that was predominantly necessary by women due to economics, the pandemic, lockdown, and family dynamics.
Caregivers have had to make hard choices and deserve respect. This does not make any parent or family member weaker by virtue of the choices made; 𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘵 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘧 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘺, 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘰 𝘪𝘵.
Creating policies that support employees wholly allow them to provide their experience, commitment, and conscientiousness at work and home.
“𝐈𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐠𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐣𝐮𝐠𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐢𝐫.
𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 – 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤, 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲, 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡, 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭 – 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐢𝐫. 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐨𝐨𝐧 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐫𝐮𝐛𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐥. 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐩 𝐢𝐭, 𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤.
𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐬 – 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲, 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡, 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭 – 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐠𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬. 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐩 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐢𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐝, 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐝, 𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐝, 𝐝𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐝, 𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐦𝐞.”
– Bryan Dyson (former CEO Coca-Cola Enterprises)
commencement speech given at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991.
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