Happy Mother’s Day! It’s a little late, but it’s never too late to thank a mother, stepmother, auntie, grandma, sister, cousin or neighbor. There are many dads who are awesome mothers as well, stepping in when there’s no one else. One does not have to be a mother to do the work of mothering.
Speaking of work, May 7 was national Working Mothers Day. The concept for a special day to celebrate working mothers came from the Girl Scouts to honor the 70% of women with children in the American labor force. Women make sacrifices every day to support their families and strengthen their nations.
All moms work, and moms who work outside the home work, on average, 98 hours a week or the equivalent of two and a half fulltime jobs.
With that in mind, this was the perfect week to highlight the two new Mothers Rooms in Eagle Butte; one at the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Upper Elementary School and one in our offices at the West River Eagle.
The management and staff of the West River Eagle is made up entirely of working moms, and a lot of our freelance contributors are too. That’s part of the reason we strive to put the voices of women, especially Indigenous women, and other marginalized voices front and center in our paper.
Take a moment to thank the moms in your tiwahe or tiospaye for being who they are. Notice them and marvel at the lessons they teach. Thank the Grandmothers. Honor Unci Maka.
Facts About Working Moms
• 70% of moms with kids under the age of 18 are working moms
• 75% of those moms work full time
• 40% of moms with kids under the age of 18 are the primary wage earner in their families
• It takes 98 hours a week to be a working mom. The day starts, on average, at 6:23 a.m. and ends at 8:31 p.m. Fourteen hours a day, seven days a week.