Today is Take Your Daughter (and Sons) to Work Day, and while we don’t begrudge the right of kids to tail their parents on this special day, we can’t help but feel a little jealous of what some of them get to experience. Moms working in television, business, politics, and even Olympic-level athletic competition undoubtedly have some really cool jobs to drop in on, and we’ve picked several of our favorite working moms that we’d like to spend a day with. Read and imagine what it would be like to go to work with these awesome working moms today.
1. Tina Fey
“30 Rock” already gives us an idea of what it’s like to work with writer and actor Tina Fey, and that’s exactly why we’d most like to visit her on the set, especially on a day when the cast is performing the show LIVE. We imagine that we’d spend the day picking up gems of witty wisdom like, “Work won’t visit you when you’re old. Work won’t drive you to get a mammogram and take you out for soup.” We’d love to go to work with Tina Fey to get a peek at how she brings it all together with her razor-sharp wit, and maybe share a few bacon-flavored Twinkies.
2. Kari Byron
As a busy working mom, Kari Byron fully admits that her personal time and the opportunity to paint her nails on a regular basis have really suffered. But we have to believe that finding the time to be a mom to her young daughter Stella Ruby as a female geek icon of “MythBusters” fame is worth the sacrifice. Byron’s days are full of playful exploration and experiments. She often gets to shoot at things and blow stuff up, something she actually gets paid to do, and we’d love to be there to see her do it in person.
3. Michelle Obama
We’re just going to lay it out there: we really want to know what it’s like to be a First Lady — but only for a day. We can’t imagine the stress Mrs. Obama is under on a regular basis, but getting a sneak peek sure seems like it would be an eye-opening experience. We’d love to take part in her experience of travel, meeting new people, and having the power and resources to work for the changes she wants to see in the world.
4. Dara Torres
Dara Torres is so inspirational as an athlete and a mom. She broke age barriers wide open, becoming the first U.S. swimmer to compete in four Olympic games, while winning nine Olympic medals and setting three world records. Remarkably, Torres retired in 2000 to start a family, but came back to continue following her dream of being a star athlete. Just three weeks after giving birth to her daughter Tessa, she broke a world record, and then went on to win three silver medals at the Beijing Olympic Games. We are so impressed by Torres’ drive for greatness, and we’d love to spend a day at work with her to find out how she stays motivated.
5. Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is so incredible to us as a woman who is making things work, not just for herself, but for other moms. We’d love to see her in action as she supports the women of Facebook: she has created maternity leave policies and accessible child care for all Facebook offices. She’s also publicly celebrated the fact that she leaves work at 5:30 each day and encourages other working moms to do the same. But perhaps the thing we love most about Sandberg is that she is refreshingly real, admitting that “there’s no such thing as work-life balance.”
6. Antonia Lofaso
Antonia Lofaso became a star chef after her appearance on reality TV show “Top Chef,” but she finds balance by keeping Sundays as a sacred mother-daughter day. We think it would be fun to work as her sous chef for the day, as she did once with daughter Xea during a charity event. It would also be great to get a sneak peek and insider tips from her new cookbook aimed at busy moms.
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