‘Supermoms’ Get More Depressed

A University of Washington study of 1,600, married 40-year-old women has provided those who try to simultaneously be everything – a great mom and a great career woman – some bad news. “A provocative new study suggests working moms who try to be ‘supermoms’ are more likely to be depressed than their counterparts who embrace the idea that they can’t do it all,” CBS News reported.


“Stay-at-home moms were more depressed than working moms, which agrees with previous studies’ findings,” CBS said. “. . . But what about those working moms with a ‘supermom’ attitude who think they can effectively balance raising children and climbing the corporate ladder? They were more likely to become depressed than realistic moms who know they can’t do it all.”


University of Washington researcher Katrina Leupp said in a press release: “Women are sold a story that they can do it all, but most workplaces are still designed for employees without child care responsibilities. . . You can happily combine child rearing and a career, if you’re willing to let some things slide.”