Apparently, the police officer I wrote about recently isn’t the only career woman struggling to get her boss to recognize the Power of Motherhood. A lawyer from Atlanta, Stacy Ehrisman-Mickle, recently asked for a special schedule change to accommodate her maternity leave…and the judge said NO!
This obviously caused some outrage.
Only bitter misogynists say “no” to new mothers.
According to Ms. Ehrisman-Mickle, when she agreed to represent a new client, she knew the hearing conflicted with her maternity leave. But she was SURE she could convince the judge to delay it out of respect for her newest job: mommy-ing. (After all, several other judges had already shaped up and told her “yes, yes, yes!”)
So, just why was this so difficult for Judge Pelletier to do? Why did he tell her “The hearing was scheduled before you took the case. We’re not delaying it now.” ?
This isn’t complicated, Judge. When a woman decides to have babies, she has the right to start making special demands in her workplace. If a certain change would make things easier for her, then it needs to happen. Period. Thus goes the old saying: “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the courtroom.”
Because of Judge Pelletier’s refusal to follow Stacy Ehrisman-Mickle’s original plan–she had no choice but to bring her newborn with her to the hearing, strapped to her chest, and crying periodically. Then, to top it all off, the judge called her out for being “unprofessional” by bringing a small child to work!
Can you believe it?
In Stacy Ehrisman-Mickle’s own words, she was embarrassed when the judge scolded her. Embarrassed!
In my opinion, that’s really all you need to know to conclude this calls for action! Mothers everywhere must unite with that power and energy that only comes from a group of women feeling really badly about somebody’s feelings.
We need to tell Judge Pelletier his conduct was wrong–and hope that he thinks twice before ever speaking to a mother again without saying, “Yes! And is there anything else I can do for you?”
Maybe we can lobby to pass “Stacy’s Law” (or “Law of the Hyphenated Last Names”, to include most of the other feminists suing their employers), and make it a federal offense to ask a female to change plans when she really, really, really thought her original one would work.
Oh, and we can start a support group, too! That way we can remind each other every day how right we are about everything. Truly, the miracle of childbirth.
You’ll be sorry, Judge Pelletier–you baby-hating, feelings-hurting, chauvinist pig! If you didn’t want a baby crying in your courtroom, you should have done what Ms. Ehrisman-Mickle wanted. You should have known her question (“can we move the hearing?”) was only a formality.
SHE’S in charge…
And, now you’ve waged war with the Motherhood Mafia.