I am writing to express some frustration over wording in an article last week regarding the Andona Society. I found it extremely unfortunate that in discussing reasons for the decreasing membership for this worthy group the article stated that: “ In 2014, it’s a whole different scene for the young mothers of Andover, where high housing prices and the skyrocketing coast of living has forced many women to work outside the home, leaving them no time to join the group.”
Forced women to work outside the home? That statement is both sexist and antiquated. Does the same hold true for men? Both men and women work to support their families financially, and many out of need in this economy. But many women choose to work in their desired careers to contribute to society and feel fulfilled, all the while setting wonderful examples for their families.
I highly doubt this is the message the Andona Society would like put out there. Working women stay away! You are too busy working outside the home to participate in our group! I am sure there are women who work outside the home who are members of the group. I may not be expressing my feelings as eloquently as I would like, and I just hope the next time The Townsman publishes a similar article they think twice about wording and bring things from 1952 to 2014.
Lisa Keeler, RN, CPNP-AC
Nurse practitioner MSICU
Editor’s Note: The word “forced” was added in the editing of the story and was not used by the writer of the article.