I read an article in Parade this weekend that discussed mothers who decide to remain at home for a few years with their infants and what this can do to their potential income and job outlook once they decide to return to work.
We’ve read the reports before. Oftentimes mothers, particularly those who work in the field of business, which is in nature highly competitive, find it difficult to return at the same rate of pay and at the same level as they were when they left the field. The article stated that mothers who take three years off will face a salary cut of 37% in earnings compared to women who continue to work.
Yet why should a mother who wants to stay at home with her children for a few years have to put this off because she is afraid that she will return to less pay or a lower position? Do mothers always have to fight their way back up the ladder that they once climbed, then stepped off of for a few child-rearing years?
Have any of you experienced a great loss of pay upon returning to your workforce? I’d love to hear your experiences and write about them in an upcoming post. If so, drop me an email.