The Patriarchy Isn’t Going To Smash Itself

We Have To Do The Work

Amy Maureen Lynch babywearing her son while presenting at the launch of the Women's Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub in June 2019 at Impact Hub Ottawa.
Amy Lynch presenting while babywearing her son at the launch of Canada’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) in Ottawa in June 2019.

Read the transcript of my talk for the WEKH launch or listen to audio here.

In April, I had a casual chat over email with a new contact about smashing the patriarchy.

Please meet Margo Aaron of ‘That Seems Important‘.

If you haven’t already heard of her, subscribed to her straight talking newsletters, read her blog or watched your YouTube channel critiquing websites, please go do that soon (after you read the rest of this post ideally).

She had sent a newsletter about the pandemic covering the new ‘future of work’ in which she wrote:

There is a difference between “not working hard enough” and legitimately impossible circumstances and we’ve blurred that line so hard we can’t tell the difference.

And did her words ever ring true for me.

I replied about how I’ve been bringing my kids into business settings since 2016 and this is what I wrote:

I’ve been writing about remote work for six years and flexible work since becoming a parent four years ago…including my experiences bringing my children into business settings, on my blog:

As a result, I started hosting parent-friendly professional development events, to make sterile, corporate tech spaces more human for people and their families.

When I explain the concept to understanding strangers, I refer to it as fucking the patriarchy from the inside but instead of a Trojan horse, we arrive with a baby in a stroller, carrier or car seat.

People started to sit up and listen a bit before but now others are living it and I can feel the change already.

Sending parenthood solidarity to you, off to go feed my minions before my next writing shift can be attempted!

We traded a few back and forth words of encouragement. I recommended she check out Hurrah For Gin‘s brilliant writing, artwork and social commentary, she sent me info about similarly themed artwork I must buy.

Then we got back to our respective writing work–dismantling the system that binds us all to an unrealistic expectation of maintained work productivity outputs, alongside outdated parenting responsibilities and the unpaid mental, emotional and physical labour of full-time childcare–while navigating a global health crisis coinciding with economic decline.

All in a day’s (unpaid) work.

Yes dearest reader, if you’re with me on this website, you are in some small way also working with us to smash the patriarchy from the inside.

Because it won’t smash itself and if we wait for that to happen we will be waiting a loooooooooooong ass time.

Photo from my ‘Baby In The Boardroom’ presentation for CreativeMornings Ottawa

Watch the video below and read the transcript or listen to the audio here.

Thanks for joining me and if you want to learn more about what else you can do to impact the evolving future of work we’re currently experiencing, please check out my flexible and remote work resources here:

You can also subscribe to my free monthly Work + Life newsletter here:

I’m taking a summer social media sabbatical so this blog and my newsletters are where you’ll be hearing from me until late September (at least).

Enjoy the weather wherever you are, look after and be kind to yourself. Smashing the patriarchy is a marathon.

Thanks for listening / participating / reading!

– Amy (+ Family)

Photo by Finn Lin for CreativeMornings Ottawa

Flexible + Remote Work Resources

  • Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
  • E-Course  Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
  • Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
  • Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

For more tips on how I work from home with young kids, you can check out these flexible and remote work resources on my website here:

remote work with kids time blocking template | Notes From Another Land | Amy Maureen Lynch

Published by Amy Maureen Lynch

Over the past decade, Amy Maureen Lynch has negotiated remote work arrangements, freelance client work and validated business ideas, in between living and working in Canada, Europe and Australia (and having three kids). She writes about travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work on her blog, where you can read about her experiences bringing her children into business settings and access flexible and remote work resources to help you navigate the future of work: She produces and hosts the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast, parent-friendly professional development events, digital resources and advises others on creating inclusive and flexible work solutions at: Amy’s first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, is based on her journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

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