Today, as I was driving to my mom’s house to leave my daughter with her while I work, I listened to a story on NPR which left me angry and wondering what kind of professional future Spencer can hope for as a woman.
Forgive my lack of detail, as I’m writing this on my iPhone before I have to leave. Basically, the woman being interviewed had been hired on Wallstreet by Citigroup. Being a woman who planned to eventually have a family, she was won over by their awards in equality and diversity. However, she found it to be a different story once she began her job. It was a “boys’ club”, in which snarky comments were made toward her based on her gender on a regular basis and, upon returning from maternity leave after having her first child, she was demoted.
As it happens, the woman before her had also been demoted after her first maternity leave and was laid off after her second. And there is a long chain of recorded issues with other women in the group, including a woman who was laid off after receiving larger bonuses than her male counterparts.
Are working mothers worth less in the professional world? From the hypothetical viewpoint of an employer, should women have to choose between motherhood and her profession? Should the same go for men, considering the higher rate of paternal involvement in modern society?
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