#WorkingMoms is trending, and our hearts are exploding
Women need better institutional and infrastructural support to juggle the many roles thrust upon them, and as always, visibility matters. That's why it was so heartwarming to see this news anchor present the news with elan, while her child was in the newsroom with her.
Okay here's the tea: An MSNBC news anchor was presenting a breaking news report yesterday, when her son interrupted in the cutest way possible, and pretty much broke the internet.
Courtney Kube, a news anchor at MSNBC was presenting a live bulletin on the Turkish strikes in northern Syria, when her son wandered in. The surprised anchor had to break off to say, "Excuse me, my kids are here – live television!”
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This started a conversation on Twitter about Working Moms, and we cannot underscore the importance of giving working mothers adequate institutional support to raise their kids and focus on their own career growth at the same time.
And let's be real: This conversation long predated this video, and this particular instance. And yet, it needs constant reiteration!
Realtalk: working moms, how do you find time/energy/brains/creativity to make your kids a good meal every night and also spend lots of interactive time with them after work?— ????Susan Fowler ????????♀️ (@susanthesquark) October 8, 2019
(I’m hoping one of you has the secret. Fingers crossed)
That being said, the visibility of MSNBC brought the issue to the forefront on Twitter.
Best part of the programming so far this morning. Although she might have been surprised & stressed abt her surprise on-camera guest, I loved the way she looked at her child with a big smile and lots of love. That's a mom with her priorities straight. #MSNBCKids #KidsMakeItBetter— LindaC (@LDCDee) October 9, 2019
Kudos to you, @ckubeNBC. Taking your kids to work is a normal thing for working moms, and all working moms should do it with the attitude that it's perfectly okay. Don't apologize. Just do it. #NoApologies for being a #WorkingMom!— kersti (@FeistyOldHag) October 9, 2019
Emily's List - one of the most influential political action committees in the world - endorsed this working mom, and set the ball rolling.
I love everything about this (well, except the news being reported).— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) October 9, 2019
With a very valid, key takeaway:
The impending invasion by turkey is a human tragedy. But I loved seeing a child in the newsroom, maybe more children in the newsroom, boardroom and war room would change our lives for the better.— Caren Marie Michel (@CarenMichelArt) October 9, 2019
As we mark World Mental Health Day today, we feel like it has to be said - Women need better institutional and infrastructural support to juggle the many roles thrust upon them. We need a better support system in place, to facilitate holistic career, emotional, familial and mental growth for all members of society.
Having your kids at your place of work should not be a mark of professionalism - and more work places that are family friendly, that have accomodations for men and women who need day care support, are a mark of far we've evolved as a society.