The Odds Are Not in Favor of Working Mothers
New moms don’t get much support from our laws.
AlterNet, July 6, 2017
Tara worked full-time and was already caring for a toddler when she had her second child. Like many American mothers, Tara was not granted maternity leave. Instead, she cobbled together vacation days to give herself a mere 20 days with her new baby following the birth. With money tight, “my family can’t afford the loss of even one paycheck,” she said.
In a country where 88 percent of women do not get a single hour of paid leave after giving birth to a child, Tara’s story represents the struggles of thousands of women. However, even when maternity leave is granted, many women choose not to take it, for fear of hurting their careers and jeopardizing their standing.
Unlike previous generations, women today are having children during the peak of their careers, when their earnings are critical to the financial well-being of their families.
Women comprise two-thirds of the low-wage workforce. According to a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 64 percent of mothers with children under six work. In 40 percent of households with children, women provide the primary financial support for the family.
When a family’s income is tight, it’s no wonder women feel the need to go back to work immediately after having a child, especially when new mothers who choose not to work face stigma. A University of Massachusetts study found that an average American woman’s earnings decrease by 4 percent with every child she has.
Many women do not take time off because they do not want to hurt their careers. A study by iCIMS Women in the Workforce Report discovered that 45 percent of office professionals believe taking parental leave would limit their opportunities for a promotion. Women become increasingly concerned about the potential consequences of maternity leave.
Until the culture and the laws around maternity leave shift in favor of working mothers, women will continue to struggle.
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