Working mom’s COVID-19 email response is praised by exhausted parents around the world – as many say it’s the ‘best auto-reply’ they’ve ever read
- Khara Jabola-Carolus is the director of the Commission on the Status of Women in Hawaii
- She is also the mother of two young children, a baby and a toddler
- Her no-nonsense ‘out of the office’ COVID email response has gone viral online
- Ms. Jabola-Carolus said she is busy juggling motherhood and working full time
- She noted that home-working parents are interrupted every three minutes
- Mothers have called her a hero and a shining example to others
The straightforward email response from a working mother sent to contacts during COVID-19 has made her the poster child of exhausted parents around the world struggling to balance personal and professional responsibilities.
Khara Jabola-Carolus is the executive director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, a government agency that campaigns for gender equality.
She is also the mother of two young children, a baby and a toddler who she has been caring for at home since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis in March.
Aside from juggling motherhood with the demands of a powerful job, Ms. Jabola Carolus wrote a no-nonsense ‘out of office’ email stressing that parents have been under tremendous pressure since the pandemic started.
“Aloha, I am behind with emails because of patriarchy,” the text begins. “I hope to respond to your message soon, but, like many women, I work full time and take care of a baby and toddler full time.”
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Khara Jabola-Carolus (pictured) is the executive director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women and mother of two young children
Ms. Jabola-Carolus’ no-nonsense auto-response (pictured) is praised by parents around the world
“According to the Washington Post, the average length of uninterrupted work time for parents during COVID-19 was three minutes and 24 seconds.”
In the article Ms Jabola-Carolus refers to journalists Suzanne M Edwards and Larry Snyder revealing that they were interrupted an average of 15 times an hour by their children while trying to work from home.
She signed off by asking anyone with a ‘time-sensitive’ question to call her between 7:45 AM and 4:30 PM.
She posted a screenshot of her personal message on Instagram, with the caption: ‘My automatic response during COVID. Do not suffer in silence. Moms about money! ‘
The post immediately resonated with working moms and quickly went viral, with dozens calling it the “ best automatic response ever ” and praising her as the poster child of working moms juggling responsibilities during the pandemic.
Her direct email has led many to tout Ms. Jabola-Carolus (pictured) as the poster child of working mothers juggling responsibilities during the pandemic
One said, ‘This is all bad and all great. As a director you set the tone in recognizing the burden of working from home with young children! ‘
A second thanked Ms. Jabola-Carolus for the push she needed to draw boundaries between personal and professional life as the coronavirus crisis continues.
A third stated: ‘You are my hero today! The courage to write such an authentic answer is something many women can only wish for. Thank you for inspiring me and countless moms. ‘
Another said the message made her “cry with relief” to know that other women are also under pressure.