Why Are Family Issues Women’s Issues?
Recently, you may have read a Today Show interview that describes Matt Lauer asking the new CEO of GM, Mary Barra, if she can not only run GM, but also be a good mom. Further, he stated “…as a woman and a mom [she] could present a softer image and softer face for this company.”
Fortunately, the widely circulated report of these comments shows that the general public is astounded by such flagrant sexism. No one would ever ask a male CEO how his job may affect his role as a father. Although we as a society continue to claim women have the same opportunities as men, such comments show that even if true, women and men are not treated the same when seizing aforementioned opportunities. This incident demonstrates that even when a woman tries to “Have it all,” and succeeds, she is questioned for choosing to do so.
Matt Lauer has three children, his youngest is 7 years old. Why isn’t anyone asking him if he can be a journalist on a popular television show, and a good dad?
Quotes found at http://time.com/2927598/matt-lauer-mary-barra-today-show/.