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The Challenges of Working Motherhood

Photo credit: Alice Proujansky / New Republic

TAGS: Working moms, Work-life balance, Maternity leave, FMLA

While this New Republic article focuses predominantly on the pregnancy and conception years, its a pretty compelling picture of what it means to face unique social, cultural, and institutional barriers to success as a working mother-to-be.  

Our favorite quote is this:

"This is what it felt like: It felt like I was a successful professional adult who, from the time I’d started scooping ice cream and busing tables in tenth grade, had always had a job, except for the times I’d been laid off. In this case, I hadn’t been laid off. I’d finally, at age 35, done the thing that everyone from Mitt Romney to most of Facebook had assured me was the most rewarding and most valuable—the most downright American—thing I could do: I’d had a baby. And my income—my economic independence—had vanished."

For the full article, click here.  

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  • Has anyone ever used a good career coach for how to transition into a different industry? I've just come back from maternity leave after baby #2 and feeling really overwhelmed with my job. I love my company and I used to love my work but now I feel like I just can't handle it all and maybe it's my profession that's the issue (I'm a corporate lawyer)

  • Has anyone ever used a good career coach for how to transition into a different industry? I've just come back from maternity leave after baby #2 and feeling really overwhelmed with my job. I love my company and I used to love my work but now I feel like I just can't handle it all and maybe it's my profession that's the issue (I'm a corporate lawyer)

  • Does anyone here work for a major financial institution in the new york metropolitan area? I have yet to find a straight answer on the internet or the company website regarding when my eligibilty for 16 week paid maternity leave would start. Are paid maternity leave benefits usually the same across the board for all major financial firms? I just found out I am pregnant (in my first trimester) and by the time I take my maternity leave I would be only nine months in my new job. Would like to hear about your company's eligibility requirements for paid maternity leave here please. Thank you so much...

  • I recently got engaged, will be married October 2017. My fiance and I want to start a family right away. My job does not have paid maternity leave. Would it be premature for me to advocate for paid leave? My initial thought process was to figure this out as soon as possible. Maybe I should start looking for another job; researching other companies I noticed that most (all the one's that I saw) require employees to have been employed for a year before being offered paid maternity leave.

    If I could have my way I would stay where I am at and get paid leave.

    I have a positive relationship with my boss and can talk about this with him, however; he isn't the one who ultimately makes this decision, corporate does.

  • My company recently put in a nursing room/mother's room but it was designed in a way that the majority of the room is fogged glass - except one strip that runs right at sitting level that was left as transparent glass. I don't think it was done intentionally (men designed the room) but I now have to put up sheets of paper to cover the transparent strip of glass. Any idea on how to address this with my (all male) management team?

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The Challenges of Working Motherhood

The Challenges of Working Motherhood

While this New Republic article focuses predominantly on the pregnancy and conception years, its a pretty compelling picture of what it means to face uniq...

While this New Republic article focuses predominantly on the pregnancy and conception years, its a pretty compelling picture of what it means to face unique social, cultural, and institutional barriers to success as a working mother-to-be.  

Our favorite quote is this:

"This is what it felt like: It felt like I was a successful professional adult who, from the time I’d started scooping ice cream and busing tables in tenth grade, had always had a job, except for the times I’d been laid off. In this case, I hadn’t been laid off. I’d finally, at age 35, done the thing that everyone from Mitt Romney to most of Facebook had assured me was the most rewarding and most valuable—the most downright American—thing I could do: I’d had a baby. And my income—my economic independence—had vanished."

For the full article, click here.  

Fairygodboss

Fairygodboss is committed to improving the workplace and lives of women.
Join us by reviewing your employer!
 

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