August 26, 2010
Time to Promote Moms
Balancing your work life with home life is tough enough, but once a baby comes into the mix, it can seem downright impossible. Luckily, the way mothers are viewed in the workplace may be changing. Good news, since nearly three-quarters of all mothers are in the labor force, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Are companies finally taking working mothers more seriously?
Newell Rubbermaid's Kelly Chapman thinks so – she was promoted in her company months after her child was born. "There are more women in [companies] now than ever before, and they cannot afford to lose the training and experience we have," says Chapman, adding that mothers are masters of multi-tasking and prioritization.
The vaccine corporation Novartis was ordered to pay $250 million for allegedly harassing and mistreating pregnant women in the company, after 12 women spoke up.
The National Organization for Women works to support campaigns like Women-Friendly Workplace and Mothers Matter, Caregivers Count, to ensure that mothers are given an equal opportunity in the workforce.
Outright offers tips for how self-employed moms can be taken seriously, like hiring a part-time sitter and leaving the "mommy badge" at home.
Bonus PINK Link: From being a great mom-preneur to getting them to college, check out PINK’s Lifestyle section on parenting and relationships.
By Caroline Cox
"The phrase 'working mother' is redundant." Jane Sellman