Here's one for the "that's why men work and women stay at home" crowd.
My school district offers daycare for its employees. This sounds fantastic, and I was really excited about it, so I called. Turns out that what they really provide is pre-school, as they only enroll children ages 2-5. One would think that an employer based in education would know the freaking difference.
So I'm an employee, and I have a child, so I need a place for her to be while I work, but that is only allowed if she is 2 or older. My district is implying that all employees should stay home until their children are 2. And I happen to work in a field that has traditionally been held by women.
The message that I am getting from my employer is this: "You are not supposed to be working. Stay home for another year."
That is not a message they should send. There are other professions that offer child care for infants. These professions also pay more. Yet schools are losing teachers left and right.
I WANT TO TEACH. I WANT TO DO THIS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. I know I am not alone, but districts are making other careers look more appealing because of the way they treat their teachers. This is part of the crisis in education.
Now I am calling every day care in the phone book, and it seems that they are either on a waiting list (many several months long) or they only take ages 3 and up. Grrr.
Note: Any of those "types" that I mentioned at the beginning of the post that feel the need to force their beliefs on me will be deleted. My blog, my rules.