Listen to Your Mothers
Drawing on the insights of working mothers, we collaborate with business leaders to shift culture and implement practices that retain and grow talent.
The state of working mothers in the U.S.
24 Million mothers with children under 18 participate in the workforce; yet, their ability to continue participating is at risk.
mothers report changing their jobs to achieve a better balance between work and caregiving
of mothers report feeling unsupported by their employers
increase in mothers reporting leaving the workforce to stay at home with their children full time in the last year
Implications for Employers
Losing mothers in the workforce comes at a significant cost to employers.
Only 71 workers for every 100 open jobs exist in the U.S., leaving huge labor shortages in key industries.
Employers spend 50-200% of an employee's salary to replace them when they leave
The most gender-diverse companies are 48% more likely to have positive financial outcomes than the least gender-diverse companies
Employers as change makers
Retaining and engaging working mothers begins with structural and cultural shifts led by employers. Making these shifts will not only benefit mothers, it will benefit all employees, while also positioning employers with a leg up in today’s rapidly evolving and competitive labor market.
What Mothers are Saying
The quotes below are from our Working Mothers Speak 2023 Report.
"I have changed my profession twice to be the parent I wanted to be...I had to turn down opportunities that wouldn't allow for flexibility. My male partner has had the same job for 23 years - our child is 17."
"I lost much of my milk supply when i went back because i couldn't fit my pumping breaks in... I couldn't fit in mental healthcare and ended up in crisis a year later, which negatively impacted my career trajectory."
"I have shifted positions to allow myself more time with my child. I used my sick leave and personal days for everything... I chose to work less hours for less pay in order to be available"
"There are a lot of working moms on my immediate team... as you move higher up in the company, though, it feels less accessible to maintain the balance needed to be a working mom."
"I spent a lot of time figuring out all the nuances of leave...Many peers ...didn’t know [or] have the time to figure out what time they could actually take...and so lost time with their newborn they could have had."
"It wasn't until I had enough business to form my own firm, to work for myself, that I was able to fully inhabit the role of working mom, without feeling like I was losing anything."
"When I first became a working mother, my salary barely covered the cost of childcare. I left that job to go back to school...and was able to double my salary"
"I currently have enough experience, credibility and flexibility that this is not much of an issue but it has prevented me from seriously pursuing new career opportunities because I am so scared of starting over."
Want to learn more about how to implement strong policies and practices to support working mothers? Our team is available to help.