The needs and rights of career-loving parents continue to be part of our cultural dialogue on a daily basis, thanks in part to a number of working moms with celebrity status—think Sheryl Sandberg, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Garner, and Jessica Alba. We can learn a lot from these women, and their contributions to the conversation about the rights of mothers in the workplace are important. But, of course, we all know that their lives are not exactly representative of a “typical” parent. They have resources that many of us won’t ever have.
We’re seeing slow but steady change in the cultural perception of career-driven mothers, and that progress can largely be attributed to the on-the-ground battles waged by us “everyday” parents. So, in the spirit of celebrating everyday victories, I’ll share some advice from women who, though high-profile, are certainly flying under the radar. We can learn a lot from them.