The Challenges of Being a Modern Woman

Edy Zoo
4 min readSep 21, 2022

What they don’t teach in the schoolyard or cafeteria.

A blonde woman with a white tank top, jean shorts and sneakers is laying down on brown metal steps. She’s under the railing of the stairs.
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It was 8 a.m., and the sound of the alarm clock shattered the silence. Jane quickly silenced it and rolled out of bed. She had to get ready for work. Despite being exhausted, she knew she couldn’t skip a day at the office, or else she’d fall behind on her projects. Juggling a career and a family was hard, but she was determined to make it work.

After getting dressed and grabbing her laptop, she headed out the door. Her kids were already at school, and her husband was at work, so she had to fend for herself today. The drive to the office was always stressful, but she made it there on time.

Once she arrived, she got to work on her latest presentation. Again, she knew her boss was counting on her to deliver something great. Thankfully, she had a lot of experience with this project and could get it done relatively quickly.

After finishing up at the office, Jane headed home. She was really looking forward to seeing her kids again. Even though they were teenagers now, she loved spending time with them. They always managed to make her laugh and forget about all of her troubles.

Once she got home, she started dinner and helped her kids with their homework. After dinner, they all sat down together to watch TV. It wasn’t always easy being a working mom. Still, she loved her family and was grateful for everything they shared.

I’m not quite sure when it happened, but at some point in the last few decades, the role of women changed drastically. They went from being homemakers to working women to superwomen. And they’re now expected to have successful careers, maintain a tidy home, and raise happy and healthy kids, all while looking like a Pinterest project come to life.

Oh, and don’t forget to fit in regular workouts, date nights with your significant other, and time with your girlfriends too! Is it any wonder that women are exhausted?

Here are just a few of the challenges that modern women face daily.

The Expectations Can Be Unrealistic.

Modern women's biggest challenge is that society’s expectations can be completely unrealistic. The public expects women to have successful careers, be good wives and mothers, keep their homes clean and tidy, and still find time to stay in shape and look good. They’re also supposed to be available 24/7 for their friends and families — no matter what else might be happening in their lives. It’s a lot to ask, and it’s no wonder that so many women feel like they’re falling short.

Women Are Expected to Do It All — and Do It Perfectly.

Closely related to the first challenge is that women are expected to do it all and to do it perfectly. If they’re working mothers, they’re expected to be just as dedicated to their jobs as they are to their children. On the other hand, they are expected to have spotless homes and well-behaved children if they’re stay-at-home moms. And if they’re single career women, they’re expected to climb the corporate ladder without sacrificing their social lives or health. No matter what route women choose, it seems like there’s always someone who demands more.

The Pressure Can Be Overwhelming.

With all these expectations comes a lot of pressure, especially since society has a way of making women feel like they need to measure up to impossibly high standards. They see pictures of celebrity moms who seem to have it all together. These celebs have the perfect bodies, homes, and lives, causing ordinary women to compare themselves unfavorably.

When the average women see articles about working mothers managing to “have it all,” they feel like they should be able to do the same. Even though most of those articles fail to mention the nannies, housekeepers, personal assistants, and other helpers that make their lives possible. It’s no wonder that so many women end up feeling like failures!

Modern women face numerous challenges — and they can often seem insurmountable. However, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone in this struggle; every woman faces them at some point. The key is not letting them get the best of you. So take a deep breath, relax, and remember that you’re doing the best you can…even if it doesn’t always feel like it!



Edy Zoo

Edy Zoo is an author who writes about social subjects. He contributes to the ever-growing library of social critics.