New study piles more guilt on mothers
SO THIS time a study has found that women who choose to stay at home to raise their kids are hurting the Australian economy.
A recent study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has found the rate of women employed aged 25-54 years was close to the bottom of OECD countries at 72.5%.
The rate of employment for single mums is 50.8%, which is among the lowest in the developed world - only Ireland and Turkey are below us.
They also say that stay-at-home mums are the "greatest untapped potential" for Australia's workforce and were creating "potentially large losses to the economy". The same goes for mums who work part-time.
Now I can see their point but FFS, where does it end?
Modern mothers already need to be: Skinny, fit, pretty, groomed to within an inch of their lives, hairless from the eyebrows down, Mother Teresa, Martha Stewart in the kitchen, Jenna Jameson in the bedroom, A math tutor for homework, a taxi for soccer and the list goes on and on.
Working full or part-time just isn't an option for some mums. It could be a million factors - the cost of child care, the proximity of child care, jobs on offer, or it could come down to wanting to spend time with their little people.
A perfect example being Kate Ellis (Federal Member for Adelaide), who has just announced she will not stand for re-election next time so she can spend time with her son.
Everybody's situation is different and if there is one thing mums don't need it's even more pressure (or guilt) than they already have.
So in response to that latest study - shove it where the sun doesn't shine.
Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stayathomemum.com.au