According to reports, approximately 43% of “highly qualified women” exit the workforce after having children. And it isn’t a matter of losing ambition, or being unable to manage child-rearing and holding down a job, or a sudden call to strict motherhood. It’s because traditional work structures simply don’t fit.
Many women are catapulted back into 50-hour workweeks before they’re physically or emotionally ready, and then once they’re back, they encounter what Washington Post op-ed writer Amy Nelson calls the “maternal wall,” a barrier built by discrimination against working mothers. Ultimately, they feel the need to “opt out”—a description that’s fundamentally flawed because where are the other options to stay in?
One company that’s trying to redefine the standard career trajectory is The Mom Project. Described as an “Airbnb for talent,” it’s a career platform that connects moms (and yes, dads, too) with flexible work—freelance or contract projects, remote positions, reentry programs and “maternityships” (opportunities to fill gaps created by parental leaves of absence). These aren’t your stereotypical stay-at-home-mom jobs either—upon a quick scan, there are postings for a contract-based project manager, a proofreader for an ad agency, and a remote C++ engineer.
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