Do Single People Work More?

single working woman
Self, Family

Single people don't get maternity leave, and have to cover for colleagues who do. Is that fair?

Saturday morning, my friend Sara had to cancel our brunch because her boss needed a project done ASAP. All of her co-workers were "with their kids" so the work fell into her lap. She had to drop everything and go into the office.

I was truly annoyed on her behalf. I suggested she pop out some babies just to get out of work the next time her boss had a Saturday emergency.

I used to work at a place that offered really long maternity leaves, and afterwards, a cushy new mom work schedule (four days a week). People went to that company just to get pregnant. My boss was in her forties and single. She got really tired of going to office baby showers and having to work five-day weeks.

This reminds me of a Sex & the City episode where Carrie gets fed-up spending thousands of dollars on friends' weddings and baby showers, so she registers for a pair of shoes.

When I was younger, I was always willing to pick up the slack for M.I.A. moms. But what if you never get to have children? It seems like you get screwed. Where do you stand on this issue?

Written by Erin Meanley for Glamour's Single-ish blog.

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