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When Do Women Scale Back Their Careers?

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TAGS: Working moms, Work-life balance, Women in the workplace

We recently read an article based on a Stanford University study of young, childless couples in the SF Bay area that suggests women are scaling back their careers even earlier than you might think.

The study found that women are scaling back even their education -- much less their careers -- in anticipation of having children in the future. For those of you who read Sheryl Sandberg's book "Lean In", you know that she advises women to not decelerate their careers before they have actual obligations.

This article by Mother.ly (a great new resource for moms) agrees with Sandberg's viewpoint and summarizes the Stanford study's findings well. Read it 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)

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  • I recently had a child and worked out an arrangement with my manager to work from home 1-2 days/week. I'm the only female on my team and none of the co-workers have a similar arrangement. There have been discreet comments made about my schedule (mostly in a joking way) but it still feels uncomfortable. Has anyone else ran into this?

  • I need some advice. I recently took maternity leave, which ended up turning in to Temporary Disability Leave because of some medical complications I had after the baby was delivered. I returned back to work after being off for 24 weeks. I have returned to the same job and have tried to get back into the swing of corporate life + new baby (first time mom here) and have the opportunity to take an additional 4 weeks off paid by the state, but it needs to be taken and completed before my child turns 12 months old and that's fast approaching.

    I submitted a request to HR to take temporary leave of absence and my HR department is denying me the ability to take this leave, stating that I exhausted the 13 weeks FMLA that the company offers (has to offer) to all employees. They are saying that I don't qualify for this leave until a full 12 months after my initial leave started. Everything I have read online and everyone I have talked to say that FMLA and TCI leave are completely different and separate. Technically, I think I am allowed to take this leave, the State says I qualify for it, but it's now in my employers hands and I am afraid if they deny me, and I choose to still take the leave, that I will not have job security. The brochure talking about TCI doesn't say anything about FMLA being the deciding factor "http://www.dlt.ri.gov/tdi/pdf/TCIBrochure.pdf."

    Does anyone know what my rights are? Can I legally take the 4 weeks off, and still have a job to return back to? Given that I had to take so much time off, do I still qualify for job protection and benefits?

    Thank you for any an all help.

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When Do Women Scale Back Their Careers?

When Do Women Scale Back Their Careers?

We recently read an article based on a Stanford University study of young, childless couples in the SF Bay area that suggests women are scaling back t...

We recently read an article based on a Stanford University study of young, childless couples in the SF Bay area that suggests women are scaling back their careers even earlier than you might think.

The study found that women are scaling back even their education -- much less their careers -- in anticipation of having children in the future. For those of you who read Sheryl Sandberg's book "Lean In", you know that she advises women to not decelerate their careers before they have actual obligations.

This article by Mother.ly (a great new resource for moms) agrees with Sandberg's viewpoint and summarizes the Stanford study's findings well. Read it here.

Fairygodboss

Fairygodboss is committed to improving the workplace and lives of women.
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