Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Mothers with kids are not keeping up in the workplace

The Business Day section of the New York Times leads off with an “Economic Scene” story by David Leonhardt, “A Market Punishing to Mothers,” link here.

Essentially, the article maintains that workplace and career parity for women exists for women who don’t have any children. Once a woman has children and takes any leave at all, or tries the Mommy track for a while, it’s very difficult to climb back.

This observation rings true even in European countries with aggressive paid maternal (and sometimes paternal) leave policies imposed on employers.

And the problem its low income women harder, as they are more likely to have become single mothers.

The article reinforces the conclusions in the book by Cahn and Carbone “Red Families v. Blue Families” discussed on my book review blog Aug. 2.

The problem doesn’t lend itself to an easy policy solution, the article says – unless there is a lot of rethinking of the social contract.

Update:

As if moms didn't have enough controversy today, supermodel Gisele Bundchen told a British magazine that women should be required by law to breastfeed for the first six months. Here is the Huffington Post story.

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