In response to some feedback I received as a result of January’s “Ultimate Blog Challenge,” I thought I would go ahead and define the concept of a “Full-Time Woman.” When I use that term, most women immediately “get it.” It resonates with them. A few (mostly men), have asked me, “What does that mean?”
Women today lead busy active lives. Women are multi-faceted and have many aspects of their lives, including being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, or even grandmother, etc. Having a family has always played an important role in a woman’s life.
So women are women 100% of the time. We have health and other issues with our bodies that men don’t have to deal with. However, in today’s society, women have virtually unparalleled access to higher education, employment and career opportunities. This means we are busy! At one time, career and business opportunities were available almost exclusively to men. Work opportunities provide a means for women to be self-assured, independent, and to build self-esteem. In today’s high-tech world, an increasing number of women are computer literate, and more women have college degrees than ever before. Women who have spent time and money achieving a college education don’t want to risk losing their skills, knowledge, or potential if they quit work to be a stay-at-home-mom. Women are seeking more flexible careers that allow them to keep one foot in the work world while allowing them to start a family (and spend more time with that family!). Due to computers , the Internet, and more constant methods of communication, including email and (fairly new) Social Media, work from home opportunities have become more abundant and popular.
Some facts that corroborate these findings:
- According to a 2007 survey from Careerbuilder.com, 52% of women would take a pay cut in order to be able to have more time with their children. (As my Dad puts it: “Time with your children is worth far more than a few more dollars in the bank!”)
- According to another 2007 Pew Research center study, fully 60% of working women with children under 17 say that part-time work is better than full-time work. This is up from 48% when the same study was done in 1997. http://pewresearch.org/pubs/536/working-women
- Today, 72% of part-time workers are women.
- More women are starting businesses today than men. Between 1997 and 2004, the number of women-owned firms increased by 17% nationwide, twice the rate of all firms (17% vs. 9%).
- One in every 11 adult women in the U.S. owns a business. Female entrepreneurship has been growing at twice the national average since 1997.
Now you can see why women are busy (!), and I hope that you may have a better idea of what a “Full-Time Woman” is!
Are you a Full-Time Woman?
Are you married to one? If so, I would love to hear your stories!
Or, are you a “Full-Time Man” or SAHD?