With Mother’s Day right around the corner, American families look forward to celebrating motherhood and showing much-deserved love and appreciation for moms across the country. As the mother of two children, I am so grateful for the fulfillment and joy that comes with raising great kids.
Re-entering the workforce after a long break to raise children, to care for aging parents or for other life-changing reasons can be an intimidating--and sometimes humiliating--experience.
Where in this country might a working mom find the most promising career opportunities?
Head to Washington, D.C., where a woman has a good shot at the same salaries and executive spots as a man, even if she does have to pay through the nose to keep her kids in day care.
And what state should she avoid?
Utah, where fewer than one-third of working women hold management jobs, the gender wage gap is among the largest in the nation, and the state has no women in congressional office.
Every day, millions of working moms live by routines. The alarm rings. You wake the kids, feed them, make lunches, rush them to daycare or school, and then maybe hit the coffee shop on the way to the office.
Later it’s shopping, errands, dinner, homework … and then 12 hours later – Rinse. Repeat.
For most working moms, the constant merry-go-round is a source of great stress that can result in discouragement, bouts of anxiety, and even physical illness. When mom’s burned out, everyone suffers.
Some working mothers are feeling increased pressure to provide for their households and are therefore spending more time at work, according to a recent survey by the career site CareerBuilder. The economy is partially to blame.
Not all upper-income occupations are the same when it comes to maternal leave: according to a new study, women with MBAs who take professional leave to raise their children are stomaching a greater blow to their income than women with medical degrees.
When HR professional Terra Wells returned to work eight weeks after giving birth in 2008, baby Kaylee joined her.
It was the business owner’s idea when it appeared that the birth of Wells’ first child would sideline her from the position she’d started just prior to her pregnancy.
“At first I thought it was the most absurd idea,” recalled Wells.
As the peak season for the nation’s accounting firms begins, David Leeds’s team at Ernst & Young is once again bracing for two months of 60-hour weeks auditing the books of a major bank in Atlanta.
In years past, those grueling weeks often fueled nasty marital spats about missed dinners and children’s tantrums over forgotten basketball games.