Mothers are receiving mixed messages in the workplace. We’re being called a valuable asset.
Almost 85% 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. When asked about the role parents’ influence plays in their career choices and employment journey, people are overwhelmingly more likely to learn soft skills like kindness and empathy from their mothers than their fathers.
Yet…. mothers struggle with networking.
Nearly half of stay at home moms plan to network with other professionals to find new jobs, but unfortunately 1/3 of them don’t have contacts.
Mothers also worry about being penalized in the workplace.
42% of women worry motherhood will negatively impact their career trajectory or leave them unable to advance as quickly as peers. More than 70% 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% of women without children — say mothers are offered fewer opportunities to move up the ladder than childless women. 82% of working moms cite barriers keeping them from leadership roles, and 78% say they have to prove themselves more in the workplace.
And they are perceived to be less devoted to their careers.
More than 40% of U.S. employees say working moms are less devoted to their work, and 38% 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.
Plus remote work doesn’t diminish the motherhood penalty.
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 found. However, men are more likely than women to be encouraged or told to work from home by their employer (26% to 15%) and fewer women than men were offered paid or unpaid leave by employers (11% to 20%), Glassdoor found.
Women also are more likely to take on elder care and other caretaking roles. More than 25 million women care for family or friends in the U.S., per The Hill.
Men working remotely full-time are 157% more likely to make $100,000 or more than women in the same employment situation, which represents a six times year-over-year leap in gender pay disparity among those working remotely, Owl Labs found.
Fathers working remotely full-time are three times more likely than mothers in the same situation to make $100,000 or more.
Among full-time remote workers, mothers are 10% more likely to do so than women without children, and fathers are 6% more likely than men without children, per Owl Labs.