Ever been hospitalized or had occasion to be out of commission for a while? Some of the big corporations have short-term disability as a benefit (if you’re sick more than X days this insurance plan pays your salary). Other companies are just very nice to their employees and pay them even during an extended convalescence. But for those with less-generous employers and for the self-employed, a longer disability of even a month can pose a serious financial problem. Not to mention if you need assistance during your recovery.
Some women are lucky to have family members who can help. But the critical factor for most single women is having developed a network of friends and acquaintances who will rise to the occasion and be there for you. Found this section on friends and illness for single women in excerpts from another interesting book, “Flying Solo: Single Women in Midlife” by Carol M. Anderson, Susan Stewart, Sona Dimidjian.
Thus, the ability to find and make friends becomes an even more important skill for single women than for most other people. As SWWAN grows, we hope to become a place where single working women can proudly identify themselves, find each other more easily, and potentially get to know each other. We’re starting with our Ning social network–still building the infrastructure but will keep you informed. And as the social environment becomes more welcoming to singles, we’re also going to be offering opportunities for single women who want to learn to reach out more effectively.
Lots to do. We look forward to our journey!