A few years ago, before I became an entrepreneur, I was a single professional and
mother trying to do what the start-up community and all the career coaches tell you to
do: network, network, network. However, it just wasn’t affordable or practical for me to
shell out for events and a babysitter on top of it. (Plus, the local teenage babysitters
were constantly cancelling on me last minute.) I wanted to attend events that were
dealing with issues I cared about, but I just couldn’t access them as a parent. This was
an issue that that reached beyond my personal situation, so I did what I could, I lifted
my pen a wrote a letter to the editor. The politics were most definitely personal.
APR 15, 2014
The city of Pittsburgh has been invigorated recently by two forums that have
cultivated conversation around women and equality, Bike Pittsburgh’s Women and
Biking Forum and the Women and Girls Foundation’s screenings of “Madame
Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?”
While I laud the organizers of these events and passionately support their missions
and visions, I am disappointed that these events were not made accessible to people
who care for kids, a group which is disproportionately women.
If organizers want to encourage more women to attend, probably the simplest thing
that they can do is prioritize offering child care as part of the event. Simply asking on
their sign-up forms or RSVPs would not only gauge the need for child care but also
would send a message to women that their needs are being considered.
Wouldn’t it be excellent if ALL community events offered child care? Breaking down
these barriers should certainly be a precursor to building community.
I make this suggestion with much respect to these organizations, their organizers and
the work they do.
Fast forward and enter Flexable. Not only is Flexable offering childcare at events
(!!!), but these female founders are changing the game for the families in the region. In
a world that is moving more and more towards meritocracy, I’m glad that Flexable
offers a service that brings parents, especially moms, one step closer to equal footing.