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Do you think 21st century mothers can have it all? What do I mean by ‘ have it all?’ Can women have a happy balanced family life & a successful career?
Let me tell you why this question is important. In 2012 Anne-Marie Slaughter an American international lawyer, wrote a now famous article titled Why Women Still Can’t Have It All
“It’s time to stop fooling ourselves,'' says Slaughter who left a well paid job and a position of power: “the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed.”
As we know Islam permits women to work outside the home as long as we are not neglecting our primary role, which is to take care of the home and well being of our family.
According to a saying of the Prophet: "Take care: each of you is a shepherd and each of you shall be asked concerning his flock. A leader is shepherd over (his) people, and he shall be asked concerning his flock; and a man is a shepherd over the people of his house, and he shall be asked concerning his flock; and a woman is a shepherd over the house of her husband and over his children, and she shall be asked concerning them; and the servant of a man is a shepherd 18 over the property of his master, and he shall be asked concerning it. Take care, then, each of you is a shepherd and each of you shall be asked concerning his flock." (Hadith from Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi.)
Sue Palmer, a former UK primary headteacher, writer and ‘childhood campaigner’ writes in her eye-opening book 21st Century Girls: how the modern world is damaging our daughters and what we can do about it.
“Over the last 40 years as women's earnings have been absorbed into the economy and the dual income family is now the norm. For mum's bringing up children on their own they often have no alternative but to work. If you don’t have extended family or friends close by to help, or your husband works as well, this can mean you have to put your young child into daycare. This can cause anxiety and stress known as mum guilt.” I remember feeling that guilt when I was a high school teacher.
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