Working Women: Wanted - A Home Assistant

Results of a new joint survey between iVillage and todaymoms.com show working women are bringing home more of the bacon but still are the ones frying it up in the pan

Ask any working mother and she’ll tell you there just aren’t enough hours in the day to meet career demands, juggle the needs of the kids and -- oh, yeah -- spend some quality time with the hubby. So it’s no surprise that when working women were asked if they would choose to have an assistant at home or an assistant at work, the results weren’t even close.

Nearly 70% of working women -- in the new joint survey by iVillage and TodayMoms.com -- said they would prefer some extra household help over an executive assistant at the office. "At home hands down," said Lori Mason, a restaurant owner and the mother of a 16-month-old. "Because at home it’s not so much for the babysitting. It’s taking care of all of those other details."

Details like the housework, with 2/3 of working women in dual income households saying they do 75% or more of the chores. "I have to say, we might be unorthodox," said Mason, who owns and operates three restaurants in New York City along with her husband, Daniel.  "We split them pretty well." (Husbands of America take note: why can’t you be more like Lori’s?)

Nearly 60% of working women said they were happy with the amount of time they spent with their kids, but only about 20% felt the same about the amount of time spent on keeping fit and their appearance. "The beauty regime is totally gone," Mason told us with a laugh. "I feel like I’ve been in a ponytail for 16 months."

The survey also found that eight out of ten working moms are now earning at least half the household income -- and that salary, over health insurance and family-friendly work environments, ranks as the number one job requirement.

Times may have changed, but not those working mom stereotypes, said Mason. "I feel there’s this sense that we’re all crazy aggressive, career-driven, make (work) more important at the expense of your child," she said. "There’s this dichotomy that you are all about your kids or you are all about your career, and I don’t think it has to be that way."

Neither do we! 


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