Monday, March 1, 2010

It's a hard knock life for us

The Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel raised some interesting questions about motherhood in an article in the Guardian today, when she suggested that many women would benefit from having babies earlier in life rather than later, but that today's society is build around men's timetables and their idea of education and career as something that needs to be completed first.

Hilary Mantel argues an interesting point, and there is a lot that could be said about her opinions. Women have been fighting for decades for equality and their right to work outside the home. Should we suddenly turn out back on all this and go back to a notion where women are only designed for having babies?
Well, Mantel isn't saying that women should return to homemaking, but what she is saying is that the time when women reach their peak, in their twenties and early thirties, is when society pushes them in to finishing their educations and working hard for a career. This is what they have to do in order to compete with their male counterparts.
But if we could change society's perception of education and career, and rather see this as an on going process that can be developed in bursts throughout our lives, then we could focus on having children at an earlier time as well as fulfilling our working potential.

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