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Stay-at-home moms can be feminists too (and other powerful insights)

14 March 2017 3:11 PM

Working moms are not 'better' than stay-at-home moms. Both have to make tough choices, says writer and mother Kim Norwood-Young.

It is possible to be stay-at-home mom and still practice feminism, says writer Kim Norwood-Young.

Norwood-Young is a stay-at-home mom and says it was one of the toughest decisions she ever had to make.

She has been a stay-at-home mom for nine years and has been frustrated by the same questions.

Nine years and two kids later, she says she still has to explain and justify her decision - which was, in fact, a sacrifice.

Norwood-Young explains that she has had to fight false assumptions that she is not a feminist or does not have career ambitions.

It's assumed that I'm not a feminist or that I'm conservative. A lot of assumptions are made about you when you become a stay-at-home mom. It's so insulting to the women who make the choice.

Kim Norwood-Young, writer

If you choose to go to work, there's a lot of guilt involved; if you choose to stay at home, there's a lot of guilt involved.

Kim Norwood-Young, writer

According to Norwood-Young, staying at home has created new family dynamics between herself, her husband and children.

While not all mothers are in the privileged position to choose to stay at home, she says it has mostly been women who have criticised her.

I find the judgement worse from women.

Kim Norwood-Young, writer

She and listeners shared their personal challenges and experiences as a stay-at-home mom during the Family Matters feature.

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Stay-at-home moms can be feminists too (and other powerful insights)


14 March 2017 3:11 PM

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