Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
Mother to a year old son
I came here for work. I was living in New York, saw a job advert for the World Economic Forum, applied, got the job and moved to Geneva. I thought it was going to be a short-term position, but nine years later… here I am.
I’ve been a professional for seventeen years. I’ve had a career in four different countries; I was driven and successful. Thus, part of me thinks, I cannot throw that … that’s part of who I am. Yet another part of me says, I know what a mother should look like and for me it is what my mother was: always at home, always there for us, making healthy food every day, baking a cake for every birthday. I think that role model is so engrained in me that I struggle to be anything else.
My husband and I used to earn the same salary. We both have equally good careers. We could have asked ourselves who was going to compromise their career and go part-time for the sake of the baby. Financially it made no difference, but for many complex cultural and personal reasons, it was obvious that it was going to be me. I actually like being part of my child’s life. I don’t want to be the second parent. My husband does a great job of being a father but I want to be the primary caregiver.
Geneva, June 2015
We had another son in November 2015 and both my husband and I are sharing responsibilities to make it work. We are hoping things will get easier as the boys grow older and get sick less often!
Geneva, February 2017
- Marina Cavazza
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