I don't get it, I work full-time and I have had so many disrespectful, rude, discriminatory comments made to me that I just want to bag it and stay home . . . not an option until my husband finishes his career change, but still I'm so sick of it!
Today, there was a meeting at our library with most of the library directors from both public and academic libraries in the state in attendance. One of the highest ranking people from the meeting stopped to say hi to me on their way out. Of course they inquired about my son, asked how he was, etc. (I had just pumped too so I had the obvious black bag with me). I asked them if they attended the library conference recently held, they said "Oh, yeah, blah, blah, blah". I mentioned I didn't attend this year, that I was a presenter last year . . . then they cut me off and said "Oh, I know the baby is more important and you're tired." I just stood there, kind of shook my head and said "Well, not really". They changed the subject and that was it.
Why do people think they can say these things? I have a list a mile long of the rude, derogatory, and down right discriminatory things my boss, co-workers, and colleages have said to me. I know I can't be alone in this. Seems like working mothers can be openly criticized and discriminated against and it's okay in the workplace, there is no protection for us either unfortunately in labor laws. It happens though, I'm guessing more than I want to know. I've been busting my hide at work to overcome the criticisms I get, my productivity and committment are no less to my job than they were before I became a mother.
Just a rant, and I need a hug. Can't wait to go home and see my boys after I put in my hard day of work.