Creating a Workforce that Embraces the Working Mom



Exactly one year to this day, I was working from home. I had my two kids and a full-time job to juggle. It was an adamant time for me. I understand why women can reach a point of downshifting their careers or voluntarily leaving the workforce during COVID -19 due to caregiving responsibilities. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed during the pandemic; mothers were more likely than fathers to consider scaling back or leaving their employer because of COVID -19. Mothers are three times more likely to be responsible for most of the household chores. It's no surprise that caregiving responsibilities can be a challenge for women and their success in the workplace. If you add the pandemic to that, you will indeed find many holes in company cultures. LinkedIn has announced a new job title called 'Stay-at-home mom' This story was groundbreaking for many women. The job title would help women explain employment gaps in their careers. Gaps in employment are always a red flag to employers. I struggled to support my gaps in work when I had my second child. I wanted to stay home and bond with her outside of the standard 12 week period. The change in job title on LinkedIn will allow employers to see that the mother of children was home taking care of her kids. Women in most demographic groups earn less than men earn even when controlling for differences in compensable factors, PayScale reported. When looking at collected pay data and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) elements, the survey found the following:

  • Black women make 97 cents for every $1 white men with the same qualifications, while Hispanic women make roughly 98 cents.

  • Among workers who were laid off and found other work, Black women had the second-largest uncontrolled pay gap, 73 cents, compared to different groups of women. Hispanic women had the largest at 71 cents.

  • Only 22 percent of employers surveyed said that compensation is part of their DE&I strategy.

Women lost 156K jobs in 2020 while men gained 16K jobs, reports the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some women were laid off, and others voluntarily resigned. Black and Latina mothers have had a challenging time, leaving work higher than their white peers. Sadly, it has been 33 years since we have had so few women in the workforce. It's like a she-cession just occurred. A report by Forbes says women aren't voluntarily stepping out. They're being shoved out by unnecessary job loss, shuttered schools, lack of childcare, pay disparities, and lack of public policy to support working women, especially during the pandemic.

Most women like the flexibility to work from home and go into the office. I can appreciate the option to work remotely on some days and in the office on others. Working from home can cause strain on the workload and productivity losses if you are 'mom-ing. The balance is pursued because women like to nurture their kids. During the pandemic, kids really can't sit still enough to do distance learning alone. The cost of child care can take a chunk out of a househ