Why This Matters: Motherhood and Rebooting a Career
In a 2010 study conducted by The Center for Talent Innovation, they discovered that 90 percent of women who left their jobs wanted to return to their careers at some point in the future. But the reality of returning to a career is daunting. Every woman considers the potential repercussions of leaving the workforce. For some, it's driven by necessity, with healthcare, eldercare, and childcare costs rising dramatically often exceeding compensation. For others, it's a calling to focus attention on family, children or ailing parents.
No matter the reason for choosing to stay at home, the path to returning offers many obstacles. The journey back to the workforce may take months, but it's not uncommon for some women to search for years. Some companies have taken an extra step to help returning women by offering "returnships" to facilitate Stay at Home Moms returning to work after an extended absence. Tech companies are getting on board to expand the opportunities and smaller programs are popping up all around the country (like this one in Seattle) helping moms invest in new skills or refreshing old skills to ramp back into the job market.
But really, you might be asking, why does this matter?
Equality is about choice. As a society, we claim to support Stay at Home Moms but really we're mostly there to pat them on the back when they initially decide to stay home. Beyond that, we pit them against moms working outside the home and compare their virtues. We don't honor that choice and after years away from the workforce, we don't even value it.
It matters because 90% of women who exit want to return and it's time we empowered each other and recognized the skills and experience every stay at home mom brings to the table.
In this issue, three women share their own experiences and thoughts as they look to the future and the need to reboot their careers - or find new ones.