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The changing roles of women in the workforce

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From fighting for the right to vote, to going to work in the factories during World War II, to the feminist revolution in the 60's and 70's, the role of women has constantly evolved. It wasn't very long ago that the norm was for women to stay home, and take care of the kids. Over time, the two income home became much more mainstream. News Channel 3 is looking at what choices modern day moms are making now. We met with a group of Wilmington moms. Some work full time, some stay home. The one thing they all have in common: a baby under the age of 2. We asked them how they decided what to do with their careers, once they became moms. "All of the decisions I made early on were geared toward the career track, and certainly when I met my husband and got married, I adjusted my goals based on family, but essentially my career was a very important driving force for me,” said Schorr Davis, a working mom. It is not like it used to be, when a lot of women went to college to get an MRS degree. Many of the same women that went to school with the goal of meeting a husband, have raised daughters, encouraging them to pursue the career of their dreams. Today, women are doing just that, often waiting longer to get married. If they find success and money in their careers it can be difficult to let go. With the group we spoke with, two of the five women still work full time. Schorr as a sales consultant in the health care industry and Angie as a clinical research associate in the pharmaceutical field. Unlike the rest of the women in the group, both Schorr and Angie had employers who paid generous maternity benefits, and a big enough salary to make it worth their while to keep working. "Because my husband owns his own business, and it's very variable,” said Angie Butner. “I make a decent amount with my job, and the fact that my job afforded me the opportunity to still be home with Ford and not miss out on a lot, we decided that I'd go back to work.” Interestingly, all of these women had mothers who stayed home with them when they were growing up. Sara Harrell, also a stay at home mom said, "It was just assumed for her to stay at home. I don't think my dad had any plans for her to go to work, because that's probably what was expected. She was supposed to be a homemaker and take care of him as well as the kids.” For some of them, that example was something they wanted to follow. Sara left her job as a hair stylist, Brooke left her job in real estate sales, and June left her job as a school teacher to become stay-at-home moms. "It's always been very important to me to be there for him, to be there for his first words, first steps,” said Brooke Hooks. Another sign of our changing times, it wasn't the moms who went back to work, but the ones who chose to stay at home who felt the most flack from society. June Dickinson said, "I felt like I got frowned upon, slightly. I feel like not everyone has that luxury of staying home, so I felt like maybe I got some different looks, choosing that way." To help with the household expenses, June started her own company,, working from home to make children's clothing that she sells online. And because her husband's hours at work are flexible, Sara recently decided to go back to work part time, while her husband watches their daughter. "Now with the economy and the boat industry being really slow, my husband's definitely feeling that, so I'm actually going to work part time this coming month in November, and we're actually going to try to work it out to where we don't get child care. He's going to stay home and work from the home a little bit, and I'm going to go out and work," she said. While it is always nice to have extra cash from a second income all of the women in this story have husbands with good jobs, helping to support their families. That gives them options many women don't have. Almost 10 percent of the households in this country are run by single moms who have to work. Other married women need to work to supplement their husbands incomes. Next week in our look at modern day moms, we'll hear from some of those women, to see how they're making it work.

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stay home mom or work outside the home

Let me tell you I have done both and the stay at home mom is the hardest. I think it shouldn't be looked down on either way. Black or white, mothers, You make a choice. If you can stay home in this day and time and work live off one income more power to you.but, if you choice to work outside the home than do that. Keep you home problems outside the work place. I get very sick of hearing I have to have off (holidays) because I have kids. Well the folks that don't have kids would like it off also. Just because you have kids don't give you first choice. Remember this is your choice.

Not all mothers "make the

Not all mothers "make the choice" to work outside of the home. Some of us mothers work outside of the home out of absolute necessity. I would love to stay home and be a full-time wife and mother, but the finances will not allow it. We are a two-income family and can barely make ends meet with the two paychecks coming in. So to tell me I shouldn't "choose" to work if I cannot put the job ahead of my children is completely unfair. I will say this, though--I only take day jobs that do not require my working on weekends or holidays. By the way, the last job I had, the 63-year old with the retired husband was the only one in the office who requested extra time off around the holidays.


I call myself a homemaker. I have had the ability to stay home and raise my child also to help my husband with his 3. I am now keeping my grandchild full time while her parents work. I wouldn't have it any other way. I have a wonderful, stable, hard working son who has never been in trouble, done drugs or drank. My 3 step kids are doing well too even though I was not in their lives till their teens. A parent at home 24/7 is a great asset to a family and children. I have spent many years in school volunteering and being involved in my sons life. It has not been easy but it paid off. People think I have it made like all I do is lay around and eat Bonbons. It takes a lot of work to keep up with a 2 year old when your 46 plus keep the house, cook and take care of the yard work which I have always done. I feel that if my husband is working all day then I should make it possible for him to come home a relax. Besides I get paid in other ways. I see what having no parent at home does for kids. No thanks.

what about the black


I ask the same question, all the time!

Every time there's a report on an armed robbery, I ask, "Where are the White guys?" (Okay, just poking you in the ribs.) Seriously, you can't expect every news report to contain Black people, and this story in particular is about women making choices regarding career and motherhood. I fear that the majority of working Black mothers do it out of necessity, with little choice in the matter. So the demographics are totally different. You can tell that the biggest decision these moms are dealing with is whether to buy another Lexus or get the C-class Mercedes that's on sale. A lot of working Black moms are having to decide which bill to pay. That's not to say that your story is less newsworthy, and WWAY should consider doing a story on working Black women, with emphasis on how many have been thrust into the additional dual role of being the de facto head of the family because of the absence of a traditional father image. Your life is likely FAR more challenging than any of the moms in this story.

woman changing the work force

I was really disappointed with this article. Really, those women have to make up 1% of the woman changing the workforce. Single moms should have been interviewed not middle class married woman who have a husband home to support their lives. Most of these woman worked part time or left fulltime jobs to be house wives. Please, get some real woman on here who have to decide if they should buy some extra groceries or pay their rent on time! I want to read about some real single moms that work a fulltime job go to school to obtain a degree and still manages to be the head of her house hold. Please get real!!!!!!!

Mom's at home

My hat is off to the mom's who are at home and raising there kids. When I was younger they were called housewives and they took care of the home and family.Let me tell you how important they are. My mom who was there for me,my brothers and dad, died of cancer in 1979 and when she was buried the family fell apart. The housewife, this is a job you can't call in sick can't take a vacation the pay stinks and you are on call 7 days a week 365 days a year. MOM'S YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!