At a recent school function, I ran into one of those seldom-seen mothers. She was wearing a suit, a Metro-North schedule was peeking out of her briefcase and her hair was perfect. She looked at me and whispered that she’d like to be here more, but her work schedule was hectic—oh, and she hated the other mothers.
I actually understood what she was saying. I know that the stay-at-home moms can really make working mothers feel insignificant and out of place, even sometimes bullying them to an extent. I know that Westchester is filled with women who “until recently” used to do something grand, or at least that’s how The New York Times describes their past career endeavors. But all around us, there are more and more women who are the breadwinners in their families... and they are sexy. Damn sexy.
Lets start with the Professional Moms. There are banking moms around us, not to be confused with the baking moms that we grew up with. These women have had to serve their time climbing the same corporate ladders that the male bankers did, although they had fewer female role models and even fewer female partners to help them along the way. Is there anything more alluring than a woman who understands credit default swaps? Kudos to you, banking ladies. Can I borrow a few bucks?
There are also a ton of Lawyer Moms around. They, too, had to endure the same partner tracts that their male counterparts did—and we all know that partner billing hours aren’t that conducive to ladies with young children. As a coach, lawyer moms seem to have trouble not arguing whether their kid is playing enough, or whether they received the correct jersey size or number. Is there anything hotter than a woman who gets paid to argue for a living? Way to go, lawyer lady. Can you look at this certified letter that I just got from an old business partner of mine?
Now, let's hear it for the Doctor Moms out there. Is there anything more titillating than a woman in a white coat (and nice shoes) that can examine your naked body and not even blink (or snicker, in my case)? The Doctor Moms are usually better educated than most of the guys in the room, and they, too, had to serve the same long internship that their male counterparts did. Once again this is a prime example of women thriving in a field that is traditionally filled with men. Great job, Doctor Mom. Can you look at this and let me know if you think it should be removed?
Then, there are the moms who work different office jobs in fields like accounting, computer technology and architecture. I am always blown away when I talk to these women and see how stressful their daily existence is. They work long 45-hour weeks, align their kids' schedules and even keep tabs on their husbands, if they want to. I don’t want to overlook any one occupation, especially the teachers. A lot of teachers have children of their own, but they still find the time to give other people’s kids all the time and attention that they deserve. Teaching Moms rock, and you all know that you are sexy. I’ll write it on your smart boards a thousand times!
What’s going on around us is quite clear: As we enter 2012, the playing field is becoming level! Women are doing what men used to do, men are doing what the women used to do, and it is confusing the crap out of our parents. Although the older generation may have trouble understanding this shift, it is great to think that our children may someday know no bounds set by gender.