Thursday, July 14, 2005

New Study Says Working "Moms" Get Paid Less

Prior to getting married, moving to a new country and having a child, I used to have quite a career. Being a single white female in Canada wasn't so bad ...there always seemed to be plenty of opportunities open to me and I never really thought much about how hard it might have been had I been a working Mom instead.

That's why this little news item kind of jerked my attention...

"According to research presented by two Cornell University sociologists at a recent Wharton conference, mothers suffer when competing for jobs against similarly qualified fathers and childless men and women. The conference, entitled 'Careers and Career Transitions: New Evidence for a New Economy,' was organized by Wharton's Center for Human Resources and sponsored by career transitions firm DBM."

Is it really harder for women with children than it is for women without children?

Thankfully, I'm able to work full time from home. Having a child and so many major changes in my life kind of forced me to take a different path than what I did in the past --- and it also brought a new perspective.

In the not so distant past (just over 5 years ago) I wouldn't have even considered Network Marketing as a career option. However, my mind opened up considerably once I realized the obvious advantages, speaking from a career-woman point of view.

But what about all those other working moms out there?

How many are really have a tough time of it competing for jobs and equal-pay-for-equal-work?

According to the study I referenced above - Fatherhood helps your career, Motherhood doesn't. I find that kind of sad for many reasons. There are so many bright, eager, ambitious women out there that can add so much value to every/any orgination that are quite possibly not getting a fair shake in the job world... and very possibly not getting paid what they are really worth.

Speaking from personal experience, I would say having a child and being a working Mom adds tremendously to your skill-set. For example, new Mom's have to quickly increase all of the following skills almost immediately upon their child coming into the world:
- multi-tasking skills
- organization skills
- communication skills
- leadership skills
- management skills
- budgeting skills
- and many more.

Sure... maybe their presentation (appearance) may not be up to par like it was during their pre-child years... but when you consider how much more they now have to do, it makes sense something is going to have to "give" a little in order to make room for new priorities, right?

All you Mom's out there - stand up and be proud.

You add a tremendous amount of value to the world, and have so many wonderful talents to bring to any profession you choose. Go forward with posture and confidence knowing you are constantly growing internally with each and every day that you parent your children.

Believe in yourself. I know you can accomplish anything you set your heart and mind on if you don't let the outside world beat you down.

I appreciate you!

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