Your Children or Your Career

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Published on: August 12, 2010

The latest published study of women in the workplace asks as many questions as it tries to answer. And it gives us only a glimpse into the real problems facing mothers in the baronial galaxy.


A study of gender and workplace salaries hit the media last week, stating that women who stay single and childless may have an edge in the workplace. The study inferred that mothers are not as valued in a professional environment, and may be seen as a liability.


However, this new data is not without opposition. In the last five years, similar studies have also proven that married men’s salaries go up while single women stay in the lower ranks. It has also been proven that marriage did not prove an impediment to women climbing to corporate ladder. What the best type of social situation a woman must be in to find success has shifted depending on who is doing the studies.


But one thing that all these studies have consistently proven is that having children puts undue strain on any mother’s career.


The perception of working women has changed over the last two Dynasties. Now that humanity has rebuilt from the Earth Exodus, the need for large families run by a stay-at-home mother has dwindled. But the perception of a woman’s role being the keeper of her family remained for decades after the institution was actually needed.


The stigma of the working woman was lifted during the revolutions of the 9th Dynasty, and now a woman no longer risks being fired for becoming pregnant or getting married. Instead, mothers who chose to work after their child is born more often find themselves on The Mommy Orbit: a more flexible schedule – sometimes set up with their original employers – in order for the mother to tend to her children’s needs first and her career needs second.


Because of this de-emphasis of her career as a priority – turning building on career goals into a to-do list – most modern mothers find it difficult or impossible to advance in their chosen careers. And when the pressure to do it all becomes too great, most women find it is more economical to lose their jobs rather than upgrade their child care.



Tan-Li Mi, a graduate of the famous Varda Business School has written in length about discovering how many of her promising female classmates had followed her onto The Mommy Orbit. Conducting phone polls asking women in her class about their work schedules, Mi realized over 60% of her classmates were working flexible or part-time jobs.


Cher Gritoo, COO of YourPlace spoke about this phenomenon earlier this year, when she related a story about a fellow COO not knowing where the women’s restroom in his office was. "I asked him if it was possible that I was the only woman to pitch a deal in their office. He couldn’t say, but he thought it was possible." she told the assembled group. "It’s been 15 years since I graduated from a brilliant class of business students. But while all the men are working full time, almost none of the women are."


But unlike some of her peers, Gritoo didn’t just focus on the dynamics currently at work. "We all lose when women leave the workforce. And while I don’t think we can get most of the talent from my generation back, I think the next generation – like my son and daughter – will have more choices available to them."

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