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Please Don’t Call Me A Mompreneur

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Entrepreneurs are taking over the world. There are 15-year-old kids starting companies. Most of these businesses start when someone sees a need and devises a way to meet that need.
Anyone from the teenager down the road to your own grandmother can become an entrepreneur. It’s pretty fantastic, actually.
What’s not fantastic is what happens when the person who becomes the entrepreneur happens to be a mom. Especially if she was a mom who was not even working outside of the home when she began her company.
She becomes a Mompreneur.
Shudder
Why is that teen down the road, who founded a company, not a Teenpreneur? Why is my husband, working on his company, not a Dadpreneur?
Why do we need to make such an emphasis on the fact that a MOM did something outside of being a mom?
There is an article in the May 2013 issue of Kiwi Magazine about Mompreneurs. I happen to really enjoy Kiwi. It’s a pretty good natural minded magazine. And the idea of sharing how people were able to come up with and implement an idea is great.
But here is the beginning of that article

Mompeneur

 

This struggle that they describe is NOT exclusive to moms. What they explain, this pull between family and work, wanting a better balance, wanting more time with family…this is something my husband feels daily. It’s part of the reason he is working on the company he is. But no one is deeming him a Dadpreneur. No, when he gets this up and moving he will simply be an entrepeneur who is also a dad.
I love being a mom. It is a core part of who I am. But please, PLEASE, should I ever start a company, do NOT call me a Mompreneur.
I will be an Entrepeneur and a mom.
Or a Mom and an Entrepeneur.
A mom who starts a company is not some sort of societal-shocking novelty. I find this term rather belittling.
What do you think?

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Author: leangreenmommy

Hi, I'm Sonia! I'm the mom of 4 wonderful daughters and wife to one amazing man, trying to live a healthier life, care for the earth and just survive the day. When I'm not cooking up new recipes in the kitchen or shuttling kids to soccer, volleyball and lacrosse I run an in-home daycare and am a freelance writer.

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