Topic: maternity leave

How To Limit The Post-Maternity Leave Salary Cut

How To Limit The Post-Maternity Leave Salary Cut

It’s (depressing) conventional wisdom that taking time off after you have a baby hurts your income long into the future. It may sound pleasant to duck out of the workforce for a couple of years while your kids are infants and toddlers, but the penalties are severe.  Sylvia Ann Hewlett‘s research, for example, shows that when women take three or more years away from the workforce, they lose a shocking 37% of their income. But new data this week suggests there’s a way to at least lessen the effect of taking a long maternity leave. More »

The 10 Best Companies To Work For If You’re A Lady

The 10 Best Companies To Work For If Youâre A Lady

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), a division of Working Mother Media, released its annual list of the top 50 companies for executive women. These companies are selected based on their commitment to making it easier for women to succeed in their careers. If you want feel secure in your career even if you (gasp!) end up taking maternity leave, these are the companies you want to work for. More »

Sheryl Sandberg Says Employers Should Ask Female Employees If They Plan To Get Pregnant

Sheryl Sandberg Says Employers Should Ask Female Employees If They Plan To Get Pregnant

There aren’t many women who attend the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, but those who do sure know how to make waves. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg told an audience this weekend that she believes employers should be able to speak freely with female employees about whether they plan to get pregnant. The question is considered taboo by HR departments (not to mention feminists) because it’s illegal (not to mention slimy) to discriminate against a job candidate or employee based on pregnancy status. Why is Sandberg, one of the top women in male-dominated Silicon Valley, in favor of changing the system? More »

Kate Middleton Is Already Back On The Job

Kate Middleton Is Already Back On The Job

A duchess’s work is never done: Hospitalized less than two weeks ago for acute morning sickness, Kate Middleton made a public appearance last night, presenting an award at something called the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. She looked gorgeous as usual, but don’t you want to tell her it’s OK to stay in bed just a bit longer? What’s the point of marrying a prince if you need to go rushing back to work so soon after a serious illness? More »

Marissa Mayer: “For Me, It’s God, Family And Yahoo—In That Order”

Marissa Mayer: "For Me, It's God, Family And YahooâIn That Order"

Yahoo CEO and maternity leave controversy star Marissa Mayer conducted her first interview since taking over Yahoo at the FortuneMost Powerful Women event, an invitation-only dinner in Palo Alto that took place Tuesday evening. In addition to being asked about Yahoo’s strategy, she was the inevitable question of how she is doing it all. Considering that when it was announced that she was pregnant at the same time she was becoming CEO of Yahoo many people could not believe both of these events could happen at the same time without the world imploding. Now Marissa is no ordinary human being but her life strategy sounded like a lot of people’s. Paying tribute to her homestate of Wisconsin she said, ”I think that for me, it’s God, family and Yahoo—in that order.” More »

A Billion Women Are Expected To Enter The Workforce In The Next 10 Years

A Billion Women Are Expected To Enter The Workforce In The Next 10 Years

Ladies, slip on your wet suit and get ready to surf a billion-woman wave into the workplace worldwide. That’s right, it may not be a man’s world for much longer according to the latest survey from Booz & Company on women at work. It reports that up to 1 billion women are expected to enter the work force in the next ten years. Hang ten, people, it’s not all sand and sunshine. More »

8 Pieces To Wear To Work When You’re Pregnant

8 Pieces To Wear To Work When You're Pregnant

Don’t make the mistake of wearing maternity clothes too early. Doing so can often make you appear larger than you actually are. While the body does swell during the first trimester, and each woman’s body is different, often women don’t start showing until the second. Make use of the larger (and stretchier) clothes in your pre-pregnancy closet. Get savvy and hook your pre-pregnancy pants together with safety pins or a hair tie, and add a loose-fitting top.
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7 Things Marissa Mayer Has Been Criticized For At Yahoo That Have Nothing To Do With Her Job

7 Things Marissa Mayer Has Been Criticized For At Yahoo That Have Nothing To Do With Her Job

It’s only been a little over a month since Marissa Mayer became the CEO of Yahoo but with the media exposure and all the articles written about her you would think it have been a year. She did have a rather memorable start considering she is one of the few women to run a Fortune 500 company, especially one in technology and then she announced she was already about four months pregnant. What I have noticed is that for every article written about how Yahoo’s stock is performing and her actual strategy to save the struggling company as CEO, there are five written about her pregnancy, her maternity leave, her sense of fashion and her personality. I suppose that comes with the territory but Marissa seems to have gotten herself some extra focus. Here are 7 things Marissa has been criticized for that haven nothing to do with her job performance. More »

Being Pregnant At My Job Made Me Reassess My Career

Being Pregnant At My Job Made Me Reassess My Career

Imagine being a doctor in the ER. You’re running around seeing patients, talking to nurses, filling out charts etc., You are on your feet constantly all day. Or what if you are a litigator addressing the jury in court? Or maybe you are the owner of a restaurant and constantly have to be meeting with people? Now imagine doing all this while pregnant. We talked to a few women who reassessed their careers after their jobs took such major physical tolls on them during pregnancy.
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A Letter To Marissa Mayer On Being A CEO And Pregnant

A Letter To Marissa Mayer On Being A CEO And Pregnant

At 37, you’ve opted to become CEO of struggling tech giant Yahoo. And you’re seven months pregnant.

With a Master’s degree in computer science from Stanford, you don’t need anyone’s advice on efficiency planning or system engineering. But you’re going to get a lot of input on nannies, sleep training, and—the buzzword/cliche du jour—”having it all.”

I’ve had it all and then some. I launched DailyWorth the same week I gave birth to my second child, and since then have raised $3 million in venture capital, built a team and an audience of 300,000-plus women—all with two preschoolers in tow. More »