Women everywhere have been struggling with two essential things in their lives. Raising a family and their day job tend to go hand in hand with one another. They believe that it is too difficult to maintain both and choose to be stay at home mothers instead. In Heidi Bruggink’s , “Don’t Give Up Your Day Job,” Leslie Bennetts sets two arguments in her book, The Feminine Mistake.
She first states that women should learn to be independent rather than depending on their partner. She believes that they will not always be by their side to support them. She states that many women whom she has interviewed have had an image of a perfect future but eventually realize otherwise later. Bennetts further states that she believes that women are capable of raising a family and maintaining a day job. I agree with her statement, however women are not the only ones that decide to be a stay at home parents. Similar to our discussion in class and the videos we watched, men have also chosen to stay home rather than work. They cook, clean and take care of their children while the mother is at work. I believe both men and women are capable of maintaining a job and being stay at home parents. It is possible for both parents to have “a meaningful career and a stable marriage and wonderful children.”
Bennetts made a comparison between children with stay at home mothers and children with working mothers. She believes that working mothers are teaching their children to be resourceful and self-sufficient while stay at home mothers are setting a bad example for their children. I disagree with her statement and believe that there are many children that have stay at home mothers and are exactly what Bennetts describes children of working mothers. Their mothers do not need to work in order to teach them to be resourceful and self-sufficient.