For Women, Working Sick Isn’t Political
Hillary Clinton says that when she learned she had pneumonia she didn’t consider leaving the campaign trail because she didn’t consider it a big deal. “It’s just the kind of thing, if it happens to you, and you’re a busy, active person, you keep moving forward,’” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Setting aside politics (if that’s possible in this day and age) the way Clinton handled her illness by soldiering on, and her justification or it, probably rings true for many working women in this country. They know – working moms, especially – that in order to survive at work their physical and mental needs must take a back seat.
Wendy Sherman, one of Clinton’s for State Department aides, writes in Time: “Ask any working mom who works full time at home and full time in the office, and you will find an indomitable human being…that woman goes to work every day-even when she is sick-because that’s what women do.”
Is there a double standard between men and women when it comes to taking time off from work?