The publishing of a book covering the personal lives of employees has never before been done at EMC, and for most other companies I would imagine. This book has rapidly become an invitation to having a type of discussion at work, and at home among spouses/significant others and families, which may not have ever taken place.
In short, this is uncharted territory.
Following are two quick interviews on the reception of The Working Mother Experience book. -- The one with Natalie opened up an entirely unexpected can of worms for me. See "Talk Back" below. --
- for her teacher who heard all about it from Margo, and who on receipt of a copy for herself expressed her deepest thanks and shared the fact that it was comforting to know she is not alone in her experiences as a working mom,
- for the kids in my daughter's classroom who discussed this book about working moms as a result of "Margo being in a book, in a newspaper about a remarkable book, and on the computer talking about her experience with the book,"
- for the fellow teachers and administrators at Margo's school who have now seen and likely discussed the book,
- for my friends on Facebook who were moved to comment and ask for a copy when I attached a clip of Margo on the front page of the local paper doing a book signing,
- for a a long-ago friend, whom I can't recall speaking with since grade school, learning of the book via the newspaper clip of Margo on Facebook, now wanting to interview the people behind it for her Newspaper readers -- and -- start her own blog to "capture the other side;" stories of the stay-at-home working moms. She sees the opportunity to bridge awareness between moms themselves, as we all share the common goal of nurturing the next generation.
Humm. Who knew? And it has only been a week.