A couple of days ago, we (me and several fellow students) had a conversation with one of our teachers. Since we're about to graduate (not long now! Hang in there!), most of the students are concerned about work opportunities, salary, connections, etc. Someone asked the teacher about evening shifts in a hospital – is there more or less work than during morning shifts?
The teacher, a young woman, embarrassedly admitted that she doesn't currently work during the evenings, as she has a husband and little children to care for; therefore, she only works a couple of hours in the mornings and then rushes home to her family.
'Otherwise, I just wouldn't have time to be there for my children,' – she said breathlessly. It was obvious she was feeling uncomfortable. You should have felt the silence in the room! It was icy, ladies. And there were raised eyebrows, oh yes. A whole lot of them.
I broke the silence by saying that in my opinion, children are far more important, especially at the moment (I tried to say that pleasantly and mildly, of course). Then someone mentioned fellow students who already become Moms. And so this moment was forgotten, but I continued to go back to it in my mind throughout the day.
I think it's very sad that a woman must actually justify herself for taking more time to spend with her family.