Just a couple days after Gwyneth Paltrow announced she and her husband of 11 years, Chris Martin, were separating, she’s making headlines again, and this time for a comment she made about working moms.
In an interview with E! News, the actress said, “I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening.
When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult.
I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”
Many working moms have taken offense to that comment; one mom, named Mackenzie, wrote an open letter to Paltrow that’s in the New York Post.
It said, in part, “Thank God I don’t make millions filming one movie per year” is what I say to myself pretty much every morning as I wait on a windy Metro-North platform, about to begin my 45-minute commute into the city. Whenever things get rough, all I have to do is keep reminding myself of that fact. It is my mantra.
And I know all my fellow working-mom friends feel the same. Am I right, ladies?
We’re always gabbing about how easy it is to balance work and home life. Whenever I meet with them at one of our weekly get-togethers — a breeze to schedule, because reliable baby sitters often roam my neighborhood in packs, holding up signs peddling their services — we have a competition to see who has it easier.”