Today's Wall Street Journal features a profile of something called mommy SWAT teams — teams of highly-skilled stay-at-home moms (Smart Women with Available Time) so stir-crazy and intellectually starved they hire themselves on the cheap to handle "crash projects" for companies. Don't read the story; it's so packed with jargon that my stay-at-home brain had troubles following it! (The genesis of the SWAT came about when a business school, seeking professionals to "role play challenging management scenarios" for a "simulation training" component of "Leadership "Class, discovered they could just use plain old housewives attained by "tapping into neighborhood networks", which I think means the same thing as "Everything I coughed up $150,000 for an MBA to learn I could have just found out from my mom, but you knew that anyway.") So anyway, let's cut to the chase: I can sympathize with the restlessness of stay-at-home moms, but isn't there something sad about this?
Namely, that highly-skilled mothers are so starved for an intellectual stimulation they'll sell their services for rock-bottom temp salaries, to large for-profit corporations like LendingTree, just to get out of the house? I mean, it does kind of undermine the whole notion that people sell out to Corporate America for the money. On the other hand, isn't that what these highly-skilled ex-fund managers and marketing executive moms were thinking when they sold out to Corporate America the first time around? Otherwise wouldn't they have just gone to work for nonprofits? And where are the nonprofits to hire these broads now?