A recent CareerOne survey based out of Australia, found that a majority of women "Believe that pregnancy will harm their...
A recent CareerOne survey based out of Australia, found that a majority of women "Believe that pregnancy will harm their careers and that having a family was incompatible with climbing the corporate ladder, a survey shows." About 2/3 of women surveyed felt that pregnancy would negatively impact their career while 75% thought raising a family while in a management role would be difficult. One issue discussed was childcare; with many women not being able to afford good childcare, that alone can be a career killer. Personally I don't totally disagree. While I do believe that women can have it all, it's tough. Childcare is very expensive and time is so limited when you have kids. For example, I'm a writer. My writer friends without kids have lots more time to query, write, work, and network, while me, and my other writer friends with kids, do tend to give up some of that work time to be with our kids and end up making less money. When I worked outside of the home, my managers would get snotty when my son was sick. Top that off with the fact that many women feel guilty about sending their child to childcare PLUS the fact that in most cases women still take on the majority of household chores, PLUS the fact that women have very few options for maternity leave and face pregnancy discrimination at work, and yeah, I think work and kids are a hard balance. If I'm being positive I'd say women should be able to have it all, but if I'm being honest, I'd have to say it's very hard to be a working mama. For help read working during pregnancy: keep stress under control and how to afford maternity leave. What do you think? Is pregnancy and motherhood a career killer or not?

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