In your attempt at your 15 minutes of fame, you take to a blog and write how stay at home moms cannot be compared for accomplishments to that of a woman who works and takes care of herself. Let me just say one thing about your blog–you are right. You see, there should never be a comparison of a woman who decides to devote herself to her family and the importance of a sound structured home life to a woman who devotes herself to her work and taking care of herself. Both are equally respectable choices for an individual to make. Your mistake, in my opinion, is deciding that one should be better than the other.
Ms. Glass, some women choose to stay at home to raise a family because they feel their sacrifice to do so is important to them, not you. Now does that mean these stay at home mothers have no life outside of the home? Absolutely not! Many stay at home mothers assist in their child’s school, volunteer at the veteran’s hospital or local battered women’s home. Now if I looked at things as simplistic as you do in your blog and decide one woman is more important than another due to choices then how can you explain the decision your mother made? Did she decide to raise you in the best way she knew how? Would she take the position that you do in your blog? If so that explains a lot, but if not and she stayed home to raise you are you saying she is not significant? Guess you wouldn’t be here to write such a piece if she did?
Your blog suggests that a woman who stays at home and raises a family is incapable of any other accomplishments because of that decision, as if somehow you have lived those lives and walked in their shoes. My question to you is how do you know what these women do in their day to day life? To suggest the fact that raising a family is not work is pathetic and shows you know nothing of the daily intricacies of that decision. Also to suggest that a stay at home mother cannot climb a mountain in Asia is shallow at best. Quite frankly I think your mother (or any other adult mentor in your life) should have strapped you over their knee more often because you are coming across as more of a Veruca Salt than a person raised with some respect for individual lives. Have you ever considered that for some women their “dream job” as you called in your blog is to raise a family? Who are you Ms. Glass to suggest that she is wrong to feel that way?
I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest you are a liberal. I say this because some liberal females (not all) suggest this type of “feminism” to the extreme as if the many possibilities of a woman’s choice don’t exist. Better yet, maybe you are trying to make an attempt to support Wendy Davis and her trumped up story of being a single mother based on the timing of your blog? If so, you failed to justify her choice. You see, for Wendy Davis her problem is not the fact she chose to put herself before her kids, but the fact she lied about it. This notion that somehow we have to create a story to sell ourselves is one that seems to come with politicians and those that suffer from self-esteem issues. Not here to judge but stating my opinion is all. You see I am of the notion that whatever choice we as women make in our lives, we make it with the understanding that we have to live with it and any ramifications that come with it. That would include writing a blog like yours or creating a story like Wendy Davis did. The exception to those is that some are willing to own up to what they do when they are wrong, compared to the others who blame everyone else or takes to the internet with a blog that pits one choice against the other.
Women (and men as well) for the most part work each day to make the best of their surroundings, be it a family or living single. I was a single parent for quite some time before I remarried and it was a struggle to raise two sons on my own. However, I accomplished that goal the best I could because of a work ethic that was instilled in me by my parents, one of which was a mother who decided to not work outside the home until we were teenagers. Her sacrifice should never be overshadowed or diminished of significance by you or anyone else. You know Ms. Glass, I have a friend who chose to remain single and owns her own business as a career, but her focus is not whether or not she remains single or decides to marry and start a family, but simply to do her best each day for herself and those who are important. I can tell you that she does not view herself as being more accomplished than her clients that chose to raise a family or homeschool their children. Whatever a woman choses for her life as a career is just that; her life and her choice and should not be labeled as insignificant by anyone including you Ms. Glass. Each choice by a woman makes a difference in our society and often times both have great outcomes for our history books. Stay at home mothers who end up raising a son who fights for our freedom each day in the military should be honored as much as the single female who teaches that mother’s son in her school. That freedom Ms. Glass that you negate to remember as you wrote your blog. It’s called having mutual respect. You might want to try that philosophy sometime; it may just get you further in life.
P.S. My apologies if you are actually a world renowned scientist who has found a cure for cancer and just writes a pithy blog on her spare time criticizing random people whose choices have nothing to do with you.