Podcast sees working mothers with fresh eyes

Two female journalists shine a new light on the challenges faced by working mothers in Romania in a newly-launched but already popular podcast.

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Why this story matters:

Oana Sandu and Ana Maria Ciobanu, both reporters and mothers, wanted a discussion that goes beyond the usual cliché question “how do you balance work and family?”

So they started Mame, a podcast that tells a story infinitely more complicated and subtle than the tired concept of work-life balance.

They discuss the meaning of motherhood and work at times when both words mean completely different things depending who you ask.

They explore the legacy of communism in the way their mothers raised them, and wonder if it influences their own style of mothering. But first and foremost, they try to break the taboo around the struggles many women face when they return to work after having a child. 

The two journalists say they want their podcast to be listened to by their partners and families, but also by friends with or without children, coworkers and even managers.

“We talk sincerely about [...] about how we raise our children nowadays, so that more and more of us, parents, feel less lonely,” they said.

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Details from the story:

  • Mame, which is Romanian for "mothers," is a podcast featuring interviews with women who work as writers, photographers, social workers, film directors, actresses, businesswomen and in other fields.
  • The podcast focuses on what it means to be a working mother in the 21st century and how being raised during the last years of communism shapes the way women raise their own children.
  • The two hosts are young Romanian mothers who worked while pregnant and returned to work before the usual 2 year child-raising leave.
  • The podcast launched on March 15 with a 46-minute pilot about Ana Maria Ciobanu, 30, who put together a journalistic project while pregnant with her second child and taking care of her 18-month-old baby.
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