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1950 CVTC 22 Homemaking

1950 CVTC 22 Homemaking (Photo credit: wistechcolleges)

Why do we think that some tasks are worth praise, even adoration, and others are so unimportant they are ignored and the people who do them are not usually considered worthy of compensation.  True creating another human being out of your own body is a marvelous thing but caring for him or her is considered to not be worth notice.  In business, people who create things and provide the services that go with them are recognized by the re-numeration they receive.  They often are recognized and given honors and positions of authority.

Having children and maintaining a home often result in sacrifice for the person who does it.  Creating a consistent job history is difficult and  smaller salaries (and as a result social security and  retirement income are often inadequate to support the person in their senior years) often reflect this.  The experience necessary for professional growth is not gotten as time spent outside of work is focused on child rearing and housework.

Housework can be a thankless task and the only time it gets noticed is when it is not done.  No matter how educated you are, if you are female, you are supposed to manage the house, bear, and raise the children and have a career if you have time or pay someone else to do it (which really eats up a paycheck).  On the positive side, housework can be a form of exercise and can provide a neat, clean, and orderly place to live in.

Focusing on having a healthy pregnancy and raising self-confident , well-loved, and disciplined children are worthy goals and create a better world for all of us to live in.

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The Women Do All The Work And….

Non-commissioned Officer Parade at Fort Myer

Non-commissioned Officer Parade at Fort Myer (Photo credit: DVIDSHUB)

Undercover Boss (UK TV series)

Undercover Boss (UK TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The women do all the work and the men get all the credit.  How many times has a boss said to a secretary, “Please write a letter to Bosworth telling him I am not interested in his offer and why,”  or “Order this month’s office supplies and make the invoice up for them.”

Whose paycheck reflects the value they are to the company?  How many times has a new boss came into the company who had to rely on his office staff to tell him what he had to do and how to do it?  About whom has it been said,”This place would fall part if she (or he?) weren’t here.”

Yes, sometimes the roles are reversed in a different way.  In the Vietnam war, how many college graduate newly commissioned officers had to rely on their noncom-missioned officers or troops to lead them into battle or be killed.

Life is unfair.  Who works the hardest and who gets to play golf on Thursdays? On top of this, these people may also have more responsibilities at home and/or have to work more than one job to survive than their bosses do.  See “Undercover boss” on television.

There are bosses who are worth their salt and underlyings that frequently fail to show up for work and don’t do what is expected of them.  There are people who work in fast food restaurants and in nursing homes who fail to show up to work their shifts and for whom the boss must find a replacements and even in some cases the boss his or her self has to take one of these shifts.

 

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