Something really extraordinary happened at work today. In startup world. In the center of Jerusalem.
We had the pre-Passover הרמת כוסית, or company holiday toast. Our CEO spoke a few words, leading to how blown away he is by how the company is growing, both in team… and in the number of pregnant women.
Then he asked a question that’s been on my mind for nearly two years since I started there: **How do you manage to do it? Work full time, maintain your home, care for kids/manage pregnancy?**
As a woman, a mother, a full timer in the work force, it will never get old for me to hear an accomplished 60yo man wonder about this. Without a patronizing tone. Without cynicism. Pure wonder.
I was raised on a lot of equality talk – the power 80s, Take Your Daughter to Work Day, one day there could be a female president.
But nothing means as much or says as much as raising a glass at a company lunch where the CEO calls for blessing the pregnant team members, hiring even more women, and further supporting growing families.
On the eve of a paid maternity leave courtesy of a family-oriented country… it’s not something I take lightly.
Next year in… your country.