Any working mother will tell you that a successful maternity leave is a coordinated effort. A typical female professional is balancing several spinning plates as she prepares to “off-ramp” from work—the needs of her employer and her family, the landscape of her finances and her health insurance, and of course the ongoing, internal dialogue she’s having with herself.
There's an underlying current of professional women who are seeking to reinvent themselves in 2014. They may be looking to "unstick" themselves from a tired rut--or, to inject a new and missing element into their lives.
I am part of this group.
A quiet sisterhood has been slowly building membership among professional women. The problem with this elusive “club” – which is approximately 7.3 million women strong – is that no one wants to be affiliated with it. What’s more, women often gain access right when their careers are beginning to peak and their experience had more value. I’m talking about the ever-increasing cohort of working women struggling with infertility.
The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. At least that’s what we thought when the daughters of working baby boomers flooded the job market. Gen Y women, boomers’ youngest working offspring, were expected to plunder the work world with unprecedented “uberdrive.” After all, they’ve seen their working moms make a living and raise a family; surely they’d take that formula and refine it, fueling it with even more wide-eyed drive. Gen Y women also present the most educated cohort of any before them, the least likely to see gender inequity as a problem at work, and report a voracious hunger for challenge on the job.
On October 9, early in the morning, my twins decided to make their entrance into the world. A full 2 months early.
An exciting announcement and a short blogging sabbatical.
LinkedIn, the professional networking site that's 100 million members strong, recently released a study showing that men are savvier online professional networkers than women. LinkedIn defined savviness in terms of the number of connections men have and the ratio of male members on LinkedIn to female members. Even female dominated fields like the cosmetics industry for example, show that men are savvier networkers than women. There are more female professionals in the cosmetics industry than men and yet males have the largest networks and send more invitations than the women in that industry.
With Mother's day around the corner, working moms have been on my mind. According to the Shriver Report released last year, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal to fire a woman once she married and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 made it illegal to fire a woman just because she was pregnant; but neither required that women be granted maternity leave.
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