The definition of feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. I agree with this 100% and yes, that makes me a feminist. Here is the thing though, so many women get an image of a 70’s female hippie who is burning her bra. While I hate my bra as much as the next woman, I had a kid so I can’t burn it (holds the babes in place). I like to call those women “extreme” feminists.
I’m a stay-at-home mom by personal choice of my husband and myself. We as a team, decided it was the best fit for our family. If I chose to have a career outside of the home, he would fully endorse that. Instead, I have chose to have a career inside the home raising my family, running my blog and having a craft business. Does this make my worth any less? No, I believe it makes me worth more. We should not judge based upon someone’s job or their income but on their valor and actions.
I do not judge a woman who is a CEO of a major corporation and still is a mom with a nanny. She felt that was the best fit for her family and so that is the path she chose. So why do these “extreme” feminists think that I deserve to have the same rights as men but I can’t be a stay-at-home mom? I’m not an unintelligent or ignorant person. I may watch mostly kids shows but I do keep up to date on world happenings and politics. I understand laws and gladly abide by them. Just because my job is wiping someone else’s ass for a living doesn’t mean I’m going to kiss your ass for approval. I will NEVER apologize to these “extreme” feminists for me being a stay-at-home mom.
It takes a lot of courage and strength to be a mother. I commend all who have taken on this role. We all know it is not an easy one and one of the least appreciated jobs ever. Any stay-at-home mom will tell you though, the pay is worth it. My daughter is so proud of small things she does and excited to show me. I couldn’t imagine someone else potty training her or watching her take her first steps.
So stop feeling guilty because you don’t bring an income into the home. Eleanor Roosevelt said it best, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
A Proud Stay-At-Home Mom