Why Working Moms?

Interesting Statistics About Women in the Workplace

42 percent of women worry motherhood will negatively impact their career trajectory or leave them unable to advance as quickly as peers. More than 70 percent of working mothers and fathers say women are penalized professionally for starting families, and men aren’t. Almost three-quarters of moms — and more than 70 percent of women without children — say mothers are offered fewer opportunities to move up the ladder than childless women.

Women are more likely to work their careers around children and make changes like taking leave, finding a more flexible job or working from home, a study last year found. Women take 10 times as much time away from work as men. 82 percent of working moms cite barriers keeping them from leadership roles, and 78 percent say they have to prove themselves more in the workplace.

More than 40 percent of U.S. employees say working moms are less devoted to their work, and 38 percent judge moms for seeking more flexible schedules. As it affects their hiring and promotion, motherhood costs women $16,000 per year in lost wages, one recent analysis found. Mothers are paid 71 cents for every dollar a man makes, per CNBC.

Almost 85 percent of U.S. employees believe having working mothers in leadership roles benefits a business, according to a Bright Horizons study. The same percentage said motherhood helps women prepare for challenges she’ll face as a business leader.