While workplaces maneuver through parent/non-parent landmines, volunteering and charitable giving in America has a gender gap, with women leading in donations of time and money to help those in need.
• RESPECT IN THE WORKPLACE: Absorb this: The authors of a June 2013 study concluded that how people fulfill domestic roles has more influence on how they’re treated at work than how they perform professional duties. Translation: Men and women living an experience seen as untraditional for their gender get dissed for it. Who’s that? Childless women and caregiver men. Read More
• NO SURPRISE: women choose where to give by what touches their hearts. Men are more to the point. Dr. Debra Mesch, head of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute explains, “It is easier to work with men who get out their checkbooks and put names on buildings. It is different to work with women.”
• GREEN PHILANTHROPY: After failing to have a child, Nanki Devi spent the last 25 years planting and nurturing 50,000 trees across 105 acres of land in central India. Her husband, Dinanth Koll, 55, told The Times of India, “It was my wife…who had suggested that we plant saplings and treat them as our children.” The couple was recognized their efforts in June 2013. Read More
• ON-THE-JOB: Women without children want Moms to know that we are not the enemy. The only frustrating part is that we sometimes feel as though we are not given the same flexibility in our jobs. We understand that if a child is sick, it is extremely important to care for him or her. Perhaps some understanding can be shared with us as we are dealing with things that Moms may not consider to be a crisis.
Why not trade our flexible schedules? When a mother needs to leave two hours early for an important championship baseball game, she might offer to cover for me if I head home early on a day of my choosing. The relationship doesn’t have to be oppositional. Read More
• HOW TO HELP? Volunteer Match: This is one of several websites listing a variety of opportunities across the U.S.. Idealist is another good resource, and if you’re looking for a way to get children in your life, options to help youths are out there.