“Mom Is A Dirty Word”, a documentary by Samantha Rife which was previously discussed in this post, addresses the difficult balancing act that many new mothers are faced with. Rife examines the “Mommy Wars” argument of choosing to be a ‘stay-at-home’ mum and ‘career’ mum.
Due to disproportionate societal expectations of child rearing responsibilities for women and men, working mothers often face unnecessary pressures regarding their work-life balance, resulting in feelings of guilt and stress.
With her documentary, Rife aims to target the hypocrisies in American culture and public policy surrounding working mothers, with the aims of initiating governmental support for mums and families, such as, paid maternity leave and equitable business practices.
Fortunately, for expecting mothers in Australia, paid parental leave entitlements have been available since January 2011. The paid maternity and paternity leave scheme in Australia is government-funded, giving the main carer 18 weeks Parental Leave Pay at the National Minimum Wage. This scheme is incredibly helpful in allowing mothers to maintain their career and income whilst caring for their child, therefore aiding the difficult decision between returning to work and being a stay-at-home mum.