Women are 'doing it all, not having it all'
MODERN women do not feel like they have it all – they feel they are doing it all, a survey has found.
Mothers said they struggled to juggle their careers with their family life and felt stressed out at work and at home as a result.
They also said they felt under pressure to maintain their appearances and keep in shape, on top of all their other responsibilities.
In a poll of more than 5,000 mothers aged 20 to 70 years old, 70% said they did all the cooking and cleaning in their household, while 80% did the washing and ironing as well.
Nearly 75% said they felt it was down to them to ensure the household ran smoothly while the vast majority (83%) said having more help from their husband or partner would ease the burden on them.
Some 22% admitted they harboured resentment about their partner’s lack of support.
Most women said they did not have high hopes for the next generation either, with 80% predicting their daughters’ lives would be even worse.
Many of the respondents in the survey, commissioned by Asda, felt they were the “doing it all, not having it all” generation, with half expressing anxiety about failing to achieve the right balance between work and family life.
A third of the working women polled described feeling under pressure to be perfect mothers, the Daily Mail reported.
June O’Sullivan, of the London Early Years Foundation, said: ‘It would help if mums
were allowed to feel less guilty about using childcare to support them to work.
“We know that the better qualified the mother, the better chances of children doing well at school and in the future.
“We also know that it is not the amount of time mothers spend with their children that makes the difference it is what they do with the time they have.”
Rosa Silverman Telegraph.co.uk