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Mindsets not Mothers

Mother's Day was this past weekend in the United States (and in many other countries as well) and my husband took our kids to the playground in the afternoon so I had few minutes by myself to read the paper - a luxury most parents will understand - when I stumbled upon an opinion piece in the New York Times entitled "The Gender Pay Gap Is Largely Because of Motherhood." This piece, while attempting to highlight the gender pay gap, completely missed the mark.

It isn't necessarily a problem with women prioritizing family, but rather with managers' expectations that they will and companies allowing managers to create unequal pay situations. Manager's mindsets strike again!

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Topics: Motherhood Penalty, Managers Mindsets

A Reflection On Working Parents

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With Father's Day in the US last weekend, it got me thinking about working families and what companies are doing to keep and support both working mothers and working fathers. The US Department of Labor reports that 70% of women with children under 18 years old participate in the labor market in some way, signaling a change from the days where father went off to work and mother stayed home and raised the children. 
 
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Topics: Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets, Millennials, Motherhood Penalty

Gender Dynamics: Shrink the Power of the Motherhood Penalty

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Sitting in a talent discussion a manager says,
"She wouldn't want that assignment, she has young kids." 
 
Sound far fetched in the 21st century?
 
It isn't!
 
Our research finds that barriers created by mindsets like this are reported by women's focus groups in countries including the US, Canada, Brazil and India and focus groups of male managers in countries such as Belgium, China, Italy and Mexico.
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Topics: Talent Development, Closing the Gender Gap, Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets, Motherhood Penalty

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