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The Pill’s 50th Birthday

How was your Mother’s Day? I hope it was as relaxing and enjoyable as mine was. Mother’s Day is always special, but this year for us Moms we shared the day with a pretty big anniversary. ‘The Pill’ officially turned 50 on Mother’s Day.

From protests to controversy to liberation, the pill has been nothing short of a revolution for women around the world. Elaine Tyler May wrote a fabulous op-ed piece in the Washington Post where she touches on the many positive things the pill did for women, while also astutely mentioning important aspects of the pill that often get forgotten or ignored…

But there is a bitter irony in the fact that the same pill that gave mothers the ability to combine childbearing and a career by controlling fertility has also led many women to delay childbearing so long that they jeopardize that fertility. Contraception makes it possible to postpone motherhood, but it doesn’t solve the problem of how to combine caring for children with going to work. As a result, many women wait to have a child until they are financially secure enough to afford child care.

In some sense, the pill let employers and the government off the hook by giving women the means to juggle jobs and families. Sanger and Katharine McCormick hoped that the pill would allow women to control their lives, but they did not count on women being stuck with such hard choices. For while mothers’ lives have changed over the past 50 years, the work world has lagged behind: Most jobs are still 9 to 5 — or longer — leaving little time to care for children. The cost of child care is, for many women, ruinously high. Paid parental leave is still too rare, and where it exists, usually too brief. For the most part, it is women who, aided by the pill, have adjusted to the demands of the workforce, rather than the other way around.

The pill may have been a gift to mothers. But 50 years on, it could use some new accessories. This Mother’s Day, instead of jewelry, candy or flowers, how about some more novel presents: lengthy paid parental leaves, government-supported child care and flex-time.

More About The DISC Profile Personality Test

Dominance, Inducement, Submission and Compliance or popularly known as DISC is a theory that was created through the research and study of psychologist William Marston, who also happens to be the creator of Wonder Woman. Through his observations Marston was able to conclude that people have different DISC profile types that can be distinguished through taking the DISC test and getting the DISC assessment – he concluded that everything DISC reveals is related to how a person feels as it matches with their current environment.

DISC at Work 

A great tool used to determine the qualities and characteristics of employees, companies take the time to determine the DISC profile of their personnel and staff especially when the work environment is relatively a large group. It enables the employers to get a glimpse as to how certain employees will be able to work with others in their different teams or departments. It is also a great means to be able to know the employees and staff members that can be considered from higher posts and if they can handle bigger tasks for the company.

DISC Personality Test

DISC Personality Test

DISC at School 

Students are often much pressured and are served with so many challenges that leave them often very stressed from the many different factors that they have to overcome. Through the DISC personality tests teachers and other school personnel are able to consider what to provide for the student in terms of communal activities or as individual activities. Schools are able to counsel the students to see if they are comfortable enough to adapt to the many pressures of school activities and it is also very useful to see if a student specifically needs more attention and help.

DISC in Everyday Living 

Determining the DISC personalities are a helpful way to be able to realize how to deal with the different scenarios that happen in life. The many instances that happen in life are often not that ideal and being aware of personal feelings and how the environment constantly changes opens up a bigger picture for people. Through the DISC theory people will become more self aware and learn to accept the stance of a regularly changing environment.