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5 Reasons Working Moms Should Support "1 Million for Work Flexibility"

Working mothers are acutely aware of the need for more flexible work options. As Mom Corps reported recently, four out of five working parents have access to flexibility, but the quality and accessibility of that flexibility varies widely from organization to organization. Some employers only pay lip-service to the idea of flexible work options, while others have invested wholeheartedly in flexibility. Because of this variability, a new initiative has launched to bring together supporters of work flexibility.

1 Million for Work Flexibility is a coalition of professionals, moms, dads, retirees, freelancers, military spouses, entrepreneurs, and caregivers, as well as companies, nonprofits, and business leaders who understand that work flexibility benefits us all. The coalition includes Mom Corps and FlexJobs, as well as Working Mother Magazine, the National Association of Female Executives, MomsRising, and many other great organizations.

Here are five reasons that working mothers should join in supporting 1 Million for Work Flexibility, straight from the mouths of working mothers who are already showing their support.

  1. To find a balance between work and family. Some moms need to work, and others want to work, but as Tammy told us when she joined 1 Million, work flexibility helps her, “have a challenging career while balancing the demands of raising a family.” Kerri, on the other hand, wants the flexibility to, “work around kids’ schedule and make extra income.” And Rosie says she wants work flexibility because, “I have two loves, my family and my passion. I'd like to find a balance between the two!”
  2. To excel at work AND at home, without neglecting one or the other. Working mom Vanessa says that flexible work, “allows me both the best manager and corporate contributor, as well as the best parent I can possibly be.” Too often, moms need to choose workorfamily, thereby neglecting the other, but this choice is unnecessary. “All professionals deserve the opportunity to thrive, not just survive, while balancing careers and families, and work flexibility is the vehicle to get there,” says 1 Million supporter, Kelly.
  3. To better manage special circumstances. Families of all sizes and situations can benefit from work flexibility. Monica needs flexible work options, “because I have a child with a disability and I don't want to give up my career or give up on him.” In a different way, Rebecca needs work flexibility so she can, “take care of my children and go back to school. I shouldn't have to choose.” And single mothers know all-to-well how flexible work helps them. Says Loilette, “Being a single mother, you need flexibility to be able to support [your children] mentally, physically, emotionally, [and to attend their] school and extracurricular activities.”
  4. To spend more time focusing on what matters in life. Flexible work cuts down on commute time and expenses, stress and burnout, and the multitasking, scatter-brained feeling that we all know so well. Annie says, “I am a hardworking mom and I need flexibility to keep myself and my family sane, happy and healthy.” Susan knows that, “working from home can provide a more productive environment.” And Jill supports work flexibility, “because life to its fullest isn't oriented around work. Work is, of course, important, it's character building, it's a piece of my identity but it does not define all of me. I don't want to miss out on knowing my kids.”
  5. To find job opportunities that otherwise wouldn't exist. Finding and keeping a job can be more difficult for some depending on their location and career field. Hannah supports flexible work because it provides, “freedom to live in a rural area with a great job” and Paula says it gives her the, “ability to be more creative in my career options.” And from the working father’s perspective, Greg says, “Being a single dad and artist, it's good to be flexible!”

If you find yourself nodding in agreement or identifying with these working moms (and dads) who have already supported the movement, take a minute to join 1 Million for Work Flexibility today. The more voices we gather in support of flexible work options, the more opportunity for us all!

Brie Weiler Reynolds is the Director of Online Content at FlexJobs and a contributing writer for 1 Million for Work Flexibility, the first national initiative to bring people together and create a collective voice in support of work flexibility.

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