Lynne Polvino leads a busy life, working, raising kids, and making sure their day-to-day life is as functional as possible. Going over her children’s homework at the end of the day is a part of that…but when she read the assignment her daughter had been given, she was in disbelief. The outdated story depicts a young girl who is upset that her mother has gone back to work, leaving her in the incapable hands of her father…and was written in the 1950’s (probably).
The worksheet included every stereotype that they possibly could, and Polvino didn’t want her daughter to think that it was normal.It just pushed so many buttons for me, and with each sentence it managed to get worse!” Polvino said. “My shock and dismay quickly turned to outrage. I mean, what decade are we in, anyway? In this day and age, we’re going to tell kids that mothers working outside the home makes their children and families unhappy? That fathers don’t normally do things like cook and wash the dishes?”
She decided to re-write the article to reflect the kind of world she wanted her daughter to aspire to live in.
In the new version, Lisa isn’t sad when mom goes back to work because dad has everything under control.Working moms everywhere loved it! As expected, were countless misogynistic comments left on the post telling her that she’s a terrible mother for going back to work when her kids need her, further validating her reason for writing the new assignment in the first place.
When Polvino sent the new assignment to her daughter’s teacher, she agreed that it needed to be updated and promised to review future assignments more thoroughly before handing them out in the future. The school system is responsible for assignments, and Polvino simply wanted to raise awareness and speak out.
I have so much respect for all the working moms of past generations who had to deal with this type of crap on a regular basis!” she said. “I’m so grateful to them for paving the way.”
The post has been shared thousands of times across Facebook, and working moms everywhere are grateful.