In today’s culture, it is not uncommon to hear young men and women being told to “reach their full potential” in life. This often implies a highly-successful and high-paying career. Many 20-somethings today are growing up believing that self-fulfullment stems from a never-ending road of worldly achievement. In this environment, many would be completely flustered as to why anyone in their right mind would trade a so-called “self-fulfilling” career life with a life that centers around other’s needs within the home. Our world likes to measure achievements based on recognition. I think it is safe to say, that many homemakers today are widely unrecognized as valuable to our society.
Well, the Homemakers Project is reverse this lack of acceptance. The Home Renaissance Foundation, a London think-tank, and the Associazione Culturale Fontana Nuova are teaming up to raise awareness about the social, emotional and economical importance of strong families. The Homemakers Project seeks to capture on film and with words the values and attitudes underpinning the lives of homemakers by featuring people and their stories from around the world. The Projects goals include recognizing the value of the homemaker in making a home, promoting housework as a profession,counteracting the current social pressure that restricts many people, especially women, from choosing a a career compatible with their family and fostering the freedom to choose.
Several interview clips feature women from varying backgrounds. One woman, Joanna Roughton, decided to trade in her career as the head of foreign news for SkyNews to stay at home with her children. In her interview, she emphasized the importance of communication and flexibility within a home environment. This is learned with discipline and persistence. Dr. Sophia Aguirre, a professor of Economics at The Catholic University of America, stressed the need for the home to act as a central human capital. Without the nucleus of the family, there is no central human capital within our worldly economic structure.
The Homemakers Project is a worthy cause and I would encourage you to seek out their website and blog: