There’s an obstacle smack-dab in the middle of women’s careers that’s preventing them from achieving pay equality: the maternal wall. And organizations are losing some of their best talent to it.
Over 75 percent of expecting mothers plan to return to work, but an overwhelming 43 percent end up resigning. With women comprising almost 50 percent of the U.S. labor force and a third with children under the age of 18, this poses a substantial problem.
At the current rate it will take another 217 years to achieve gender parity, according to the World Economic Forum.
In this issue of At Your Best we’re taking a deep dive into the unique career challenges working moms face and the disservice organizations are doing to themselves by not offering innovative maternity benefits.
Boardrooms and Breastfeeding: A Working Mother’s Journey to Nursing Post-Maternity Leave
Lauren, a busy finance professional and new mom was struggling to balance the logistics of working full time and breastfeeding.Most working mothers who nurse experience some version of her struggle: a tug of war between their career and feeding their child. Find out how Lauren’s organization successfully helped her manage both! Read more >
Scaling The Maternal Wall
We talk about shattering the glass ceiling, but how many women get close enough to touch it? First, they must successfully scale the maternal wall. Mary Beth Ferrante, CEO of Live.Work.Lead and Forbes contributor gives organizations four steps they can take to help working mothers succeed. Read more >
Shifting Perspectives: Letting Go of Mom Guilt
“The biological clock and the career clock are in total conflict with each other,” says Indra Nooyi, Amazon chairperson and former CEO of PepsiCo. In this short video, Nooyi discusses the challenges she faces as a working mother and the coping mechanisms she’s developed to balance motherhood and her career. Watch now >