A: If you’re a working mom, there’s a good chance you might be missing out. A recent article in The New York Times spotlighted “the motherhood penalty” – or the pay gap that exists between men and women who have children largely due to a persisting cultural bias against mothers. According to the article, “Ms. Budig found that on average men’s earnings increased more than 6 percent when they had children (if they lived with them), while women’s decreased 4 percent for each child they had.”1 The data is yet more evidence that women have to work harder to earn what they’re worth.
So what can women do to empower themselves? Here are some key steps to take:
The most important point is not to give in and accept that, as a woman, you’ll never make as much as a man. Yes, the odds are tougher, especially if you have kids. But there are steps you can take to close the gap – and achieve the career, the salary and the life you deserve. Share this information with another woman you care about, and you can be part of a growing movement of true gender equality.
1 The New York Times, “The Motherhood Penalty vs. The Fatherhood Bonus,” September 06 2014