My husband acted as primary caretaker for our children. I was proud when my 16-year-old son told Fortune magazine: “My dad has always been my mom.” I have been really joyous at seeing the relationship that continues to exist between my husband and our children.
We make tradeoffs every day, and we do that when we choose to invest as much of ourselves in the career that we have. On the other hand, there are certain dimensions that your relationship with the children will have because you are a professional, because you have been able to grow, to achieve, and to get recognition.
We have legitimized a woman making a choice to have a career and to have a family. We haven’t legitimized a man choosing to be the one who is the main caretaker at home.
Companies should give all employees, male and female, time needed to concentrate on families, children and aging parents. It’s in the best interest of business to do that because careers are long, and those periods are short. The talent doesn’t disappear, and the training doesn’t disappear.
Companies can change practices and policies in a way that enables men and women. It may be doing the right thing, but it is really doing the smart thing.
For more thoughts on this topic, see the video featuring Dina and Pattie Sellers, Partner, SellersEaston Media.
Dina Dublon, Accenture Board of Directors, and former Chief Financial Officer of JP Morgan Chase, was named “Woman of the Year” by the Financial Women’s Association. Fortune magazine named her “One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for five consecutive years.
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