On Mother’s Day: Why Working Mothers Do What They Do

Nurse and working mom eating breakfast with her daughter

Julia – Infectious disease specialist

Heather - Obstetrics nurse

Stephanie – Infection preventionist

Robyn - Pediatric neuro psychologist 

Robyn – Nurse anesthesiologist

Maloise – registered nurse

What do these six people have in common?

All are medical professionals. All have patients who depend on them. All are committed to continuing their specialties. 

And all are among the many working mothers who worked on the frontlines of COVID-19.

Why Do Working Mothers Do What They Do? 

It’s always been central to our mission to support working mothers – to understand them; elevate their voices; stand behind them. 

This last year has had added resonance – not just for those on the medical frontlines, but for those in pharmacies, supermarkets, manufacturers, everywhere.  

Around the country, these women continued on the job as working and parenting collided; as child care became an even more precious resource; as school closed and opened and closed again; as comment threads on articles about working and parenting began to rehash the age-old question…about why working mothers do what they do.  

Working Outside the Lines

This year, as every year, millions of women showed up to work every day making sure people have the care, supplies, and assistance they need today.  

Millions more will be behind the medical, technical, and societal innovations we’ll need in the future. 

Beyond contributing, all are role modeling for children what the next generation of women can do. 

To anyone who asks why working mothers do what they do…

That’s why. 

Happy Mother’s Day

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Nurse and working mom eating breakfast with her daughter

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