Working moms have a lot to deal with, sometimes including mean and insensitive tweets from judgmental strangers.
Irish radio presenter Susan Keogh was the target of a recent Twitter user’s cruel comment that criticized the newscaster for being a working mother.
Keogh wrote in response to the mean tweet that has since been removed:
“I was trolled earlier this week by a guy who thinks I shouldn’t have a baby AND a job.”
I was trolled earlier this week by a guy who thinks I shouldn’t have a baby AND a job.
Here’s what I think – pic.twitter.com/8SKBtsHhNy
— Susan Keogh (@suskeogh) January 29, 2016
Her tweet was followed by a six-paragraph-long anthem for working moms everywhere. In her letter, she addressed the “brave man” and his proposal that she quit her job to be with her 4-year-old daughter or “quit posting pictures of her, at the very least.”
Keogh explains that she works for many reasons, one being that she actually likes her job. Her career makes her a better mother. She continued:
“But I work to provide a better future for my daughter.”
Keogh also points out the double standards among working mothers and fathers. While she is criticized for spending time away from home, her husband receives no disapproval for being a working dad. Ultimately, what Keogh wants is to be a positive role model for her young daughter so that she grows up confident enough to make her own choices regarding her happiness.
“I want to show her that she can make choices. I want her to be confident enough to make the right ones for her. I want her to choose happiness.”