So last week my mom sent this picture to me via text…without any other text in the message. I wondered if she was trying to imply something to me, or maybe an indication that was supposed to hint for me to come home and help out around the house…could have been the case. Regardless, she didn’t have to say any words for me to understand.
Sometimes we don’t realize how extravagant of a job being a mother is. I love this image because it depicts how women need to have 1,000 hands to do a million things around the house and for the family, but it’s never enough. As we learned about in class today, women spend more time taking care of children than men. Being a mother means you have to sacrifice a ton. For one thing, many mothers have to put their career or education on hold to raise a child. For another, it’s hard to find the time to take care of yourself when you need to put your children before anything.
I love this picture because the woman looks calm, strong, and in control. All while maintaining her multiple busy roles as a mother, she is portrayed to still find time for herself (as depicted by the martini and dumbbell).
The attitudes about motherhood being the “ultimate fulfillment in a woman’s life,” as well as the outlook that the responsibility of a woman is to be the primary caretaker, continue in today’s world. We tend to think that just because you are a woman, you must mother children. When some women express that they are not interested in having children, we think they are not fulfilling this socially constructed ideal of what a woman should do.
After my mom sent me the picture, I responded telling her I love her because I never give her enough credit for half the things she does. After moving to the U.S. to start a new life with only having my dad as a support system, I look up to her for raising four girls while getting a college degree. I think images such as this one remind us that moms are rockstars.