Boss Babe, Mom Life

Why do working moms matter?

Mothers struggle with networking.

Nearly half of stay at home moms plan to network with other professionals to find new jobs. But unfortunately, 1/3 of them don’t have contacts.

Mothers are handling parenting on their own.

Single parenting is on the rise. In 2018, 23% of children were living with a single mother. Even in married, two-income households, women are three times more likely to be the spouse carrying the additional “mental load” of household responsibilities.

Mothers worry about being penalized in the workplace.

42% of women worry motherhood will negatively impact their career trajectory or leave them unable to advance as quickly as peers. Women also are more likely to take on elder care and other care taking roles. More than 25 million women care for family or friends in the U.S., per The Hill. More than 70% of working mothers and fathers say women are penalized professionally for starting families.

Almost three-quarters of moms — and more than 70% of women without children — say mothers are offered fewer opportunities to move up the ladder than childless women. 82% of working moms cite barriers keeping them from leadership roles. 78% say they have to prove themselves more in the workplace.

Mothers are perceived to be less devoted to their careers.

More than 40% of U.S. employees say working moms are less devoted to their work. 38% judge moms for seeking more flexible schedules. As it affects their hiring and promotion, motherhood costs women $16,000 per year in lost wages. For every dollar a man makes, mothers make just 71 cents.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected working mothers.

The first round of pandemic-related layoffs cut more than 700,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Women held about 60% of the jobs. Men were also more likely than women to be encouraged or told to work from home by their employer (26% to 15%) and fewer women than men were offered paid or unpaid leave by employers (11% to 20%).

Remote work doesn’t diminish the motherhood penalty.

Women in the U.S. shoulder a disproportionate share of the unpaid care giving workload. They are still an overwhelming majority (75%) of caregivers. Women are more likely to work their careers around children and make changes like taking leave, finding a more flexible job or working from home. Fathers working remotely full-time are three times more likely than mothers in the same situation to make $100,000 or more.

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