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The Pressure to Perform in a Woman’s World

Years ago, keeping a household and raising a family were considered to be a full-time job. When I was growing up, my mother was a stay-at-home mom, one of many. Today, that full-time job of home and family is still around, but it’s been compounded by part-time or full-time work outside the home by the majority of women. This is a financial reality for many married women and a financial necessity for single women. If you add in any sort of civic, community, school, or religious commitments, time is compressed even further.

It is not my intention to wade into the Mommy Wars here, but merely to point out the pressure women today feel. The more responsibilities a woman has, the more her time must be fragmented with stopwatches in their heads, calculating how much they can get done in smaller and smaller increments of time.

Tomorrow: Trisha’s story.

SOURCE: Chapter 5: “What’s Stress Got to Do with It?” in Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Your Anger by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.

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