There’s another reason to love SPANX CEO Sara Blakely, besides the fact that she creates amazing shapewear and leggings. Last week, the entrepreneur made the case for why working moms are great employees—by using her own hilariously clever handling of a situation as an example.
Sara, her husband and their four kids were on vacation in Florida to visit her husband’s family. In the middle of driving their rental car, Sara had to pull over to the side of the road to take a conference call.
It’s the classic working mom scenario: tending to work obligations when you’re with your family. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned.
“No pen. Lip liner will have to do! Of course, I had everything in my purse (two small cars, a flashlight, diapers, wipes, snacks, army men, and even Buzz Lightyear), but NO PEN! And, my meeting ID number and host code kept changing…“ she wrote on LinkedIn. One of her kids even asked her, “Mommy, why are you writing on your leg when you told us we can’t write on ourselves?”
Still, even without pen and paper, Sara managed, and believes it’s because the very nature of working motherhood requires her to think on her feet.
“The struggle is real. The juggle is real. This is why everyone should hire working mothers. They are put in crazy situations all the time and are forced to problem-solve,” she wrote. “They are some of my most resourceful employees.”
The CEO’s post quickly went viral on the networking site, racking up over 28,000 reactions. Many fellow working moms were thrilled that Sara put her funny and relatable story out there. “Thanks for sharing—turning a moment where we would feel frazzled and unorganized into strength, and showing value in adaptation and juggling!” one user wrote. “I can really sympathize with this today. After spending the night nursing my daughter with a stomach bug, three changes of PJs, two changes of bedding, three towels and cleaning the bathroom twice, I have spent the morning taking calls and answering emails while working my way through five machine loads of sick-stained washing! Glad to know I’m not the only one who feels in utter chaos at times.”
Keeping in mind that moms with careers are often assumed to be less committed to their jobs—simply because they have families—Sara’s post means a lot. Under stressful circumstances, working moms always find a way to survive and flourish. Because they have to.