Mom’s role has changed over the years

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer

Fifty years ago, she was found predominantly in the kitchen.
Today, she can be found in the kitchen, the office, the playground, the bank, fixing the car, managing the finances, or even driving a semi.

She is the modern mom — a woman with a whole new range of responsibilities, skills, and attitudes toward life.
“Cultured, prim, insulated,” is how Clovis Community College administrator Judy Brandon described a mother from 1955. She said today’s mom is “hurried, informed, global.”

Brandon herself is a woman of many roles — division chair of multiple departments at the college, religion columnist, wife, mother and grandmother.

Part of the change in mother’s role in the family is the attitude of the generation, which imparts its values and beliefs of their successors, Brandon said. The other part is economic need, with women required to work to fill the needs of the family.

Regardless if she’s fixing something to eat on the stove or something that clanks in the carburetor, one role of the mother remains invariable — the matriarch.

Some eastern societies base their entire culture on motherly rule. According to the Web site www.eng.taoism.org, in China the motherly matriarch cult continues to cross geographical boundaries to remain strong after more than one thousand years.

In the west, too, mom is often the bond that adheres the family, the woman who rules the roost. Mom is honored with terms like “mother ship” and “mother earth.”

Mother’s Day marks a national tribute to her. As a Jewish proverb points out: God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.