Millions of parents have been working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and with many schools choosing to go online rather than with physical presence, most daycare facilities will remain closed for the time being. However, even though this is probably the safest option, it has been a difficult year for working moms. There are currently more women in the workforce than ever, but the reality is that women still take most of the household duties on themselves, including the duties of taking care of the children.
It’s a lot. And it’s a lot more now that we’re also dealing with the daily existential dread of a global pandemic, social unrest, political upheaval, and increasingly intense natural disasters.
Yes, it’s a lot, especially when you consider that we’re all dealing with a global pandemic, wildfires, social unrest, and probably the most important elections in history.
Scientist Gretchen Goldman decided to share an honest photo on Twitter, showing where and how she conducted an interview with the CNN, and the photo is so relatable because it shows the situation many moms are in right now.
Goldman is the research director for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and she recently talked about the Trump administration’s appointment of a climate change denier to NOAA in a CNN interview. As you can see, she was taking the interview from her home, and she shared an honest photo of how her home looked like while she was taking the interview.
— Gretchen Goldman, PhD (@GretchenTG) September 15, 2020
The photo gained so much popularity because many moms saw themselves in Goldman’s photos, especially during the time of a global pandemic. We shouldn’t see the photo as something negative – it’s just life in 2020. Hundreds of women chimed in with their own additions of how their homes look like while they’re working at the time of a pandemic, and it shows just how hard working moms have it these days.
I did this for my hotel room job interview ! pic.twitter.com/tTq0JALgBi
— StarkRavingMed (@starkravingmed) September 15, 2020
Yes! I just felt a little better just from seeing this pic!
Thank you for the honesty!
— Teresa Hadden (@HaddenTeresa) September 15, 2020
For future reference, use your ironing board to rest your laptop on – you can adjust to the right height and it’s much less precarious than a chair on a coffee table!
— Katherine Schofield (@katherineschof8) September 15, 2020