A much older friend was telling me about how, in the ’70s and ’80s, women often felt like they had to choose between career and kids… and I thought it might be an interesting discussion to have today in 2019. Have you ever received that messaging, or felt like certain careers were completely incompatible with motherhood?
How to Be a Working Mother in a Corporate Job
We've often discussed how to be a working mother in a corporate job over the years; in 2014 we founded CorporetteMoms to give the issue the attention it was due. If you're new to this working mom thing, you may find our "Start Here" page on CorporetteMoms very helpful.
In general, we cover pregnancy on both Corporette and CorporetteMoms -- but anything after maternity leave tends to be discussed over at CorporetteMoms. (You may also want to check out our "Pregnancy" category here on Corporette.)
In addition to the posts below, here are the top posts you may want to check out:
FYI – over at CorporetteMoms today we’re discussing the new Mommy Effect study, which notes that women often have an unrealistic view of what it’s like to be a working mom. Come join the discussion if you’d like to weigh in!
2019 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to decide if you want kids (don’t miss the comments!) but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion of whether you feel like you need to sacrifice kids for career. Reader S wonders: how to decide if you want kids? She’s … Read More about How to Decide If You Want Kids
Just an FYI, over at CorporetteMoms today we’re discussing the best advice on work-life balance that we have learned now as working moms — and what we would tell our pre-mom selves. Come join the discussion if you’d like!
2018 Update: We still stand by these tips on preparing for pregnancy, but you may also want to check out our more recent discussions on family planning and pregnancy, including how to decide if you want to have kids. What are the most important steps to take as you’re preparing for pregnancy and planning to … Read More about The Planner’s Guide to Pregnancy: What to Know Before You TTC
Pregnancy worries can run the gamut from childbirth to health issues to being able to conceive in the first place. Add in concerns about how your job will be affected by your pregnancy (to say nothing of parenthood), and you’re dealing with a TON of worry. But is it as bad as future moms might think … Read More about Pregnancy Worries and Your Job
2018 Update: We still stand by this discussion on planning your career for babies — but you may also want to check out some of our more recent discussions on family planning and pregnancy, including how to decide if you want kids, and our top tips on preparing for pregnancy (if the answer is yes). Over … Read More about Planning Your Career for Babies
You may want to check out the discussion we’re having over at CorporetteMoms on career changes after baby — lots of great comments from readers in BigLaw and other moms in law.
We’ve talked about some of the major financial milestones that can affect your life, like wedding and grad school — but we haven’t yet talked about how to financially prepare for baby. (We have talked in general terms about family planning, as well as when the “best” time to get pregnant is.) So here are the questions: … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: Financially Preparing for Baby
Pumping at work: it’s one of the toughest parts of going back to work after maternity leave. In past posts we’ve covered what to wear to pump at work, how to manage pumping in different offices, pumping during work travel, and how to dress professionally when you go back to work (when your pre-pregnancy clothes still don’t fit). Today Reader K … Read More about Guest Post: Pumping at Work 101
If you’re carrying a million bags, how do you look professional? How can you lighten your load and reduce the number of bags you’re carrying? Reader R wonders… I work in a large corporate environment and recently had a daughter. I’m back at work, but I feel like a bag lady. I’m only 5’3″ and … Read More about How to Lighten Your Load
2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to be supportive to a stay-at-home dad — but you may also want to check out this Week in the Life of a Working Mom for her thoughts on supporting her partner, whose main job is staying home with their child. How can you be … Read More about How to Be Supportive To a Stay-At-Home Spouse