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Shift Work Does Not Support The Single Mother Lifestyle

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Shift-work systems have been around since ancient times, but some may argue shifts aren’t built with the consideration of the modern working mother.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Shift-work systems have been around since ancient times, but some may argue shifts aren’t built with the consideration of the modern working mother.

That’s a conversation that came up during an International Women’s Day Roundtable hosted by the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Our Marlena Leonard explains.

D’asante Small, one of the panelists at the roundtable hosted this week by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is shining a light on the difficulties working mothers experience in industries using strict shift work systems.

Parents of both genders are affected by shift work, but the impact is even greater when it’s a single-parent home, or when the responsibilities of parenthood are not shared equally.

Small acknowledges that some employers are willing to be flexible with the time women take their lunch break to allow for school pick-up, but says even then, sometimes, it’s not enough.

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