The Work-Life Equation Podcast Episode 27: The Motherhood Penalty is Real

A happy husband and wife at dinner

It’s not your imagination — the Motherhood Penalty is real. Listen to real moms talk real experiences. And get the not-so-surprising secret from Bright Horizons CHRO Maribeth Bearfield — that the very thing you feel might be holding you back (motherhood!) turns out to be your biggest asset.

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Resources: The Motherhood Penalty is Real

  • 2:20: This year’s Modern Family Index research shows:
  • Moms face a motherhood penalty at work
  • Women are afraid to tell their bosses when they become pregnant
  • 5:15: Skills mom use at home transfer naturally to leadership positions at work:
  • Calm in a crisis
  • Multitasking
  • Scheduling
  • Diplomacy
  • Being team players
  • 9:00: See more Modern Family Index and working mom content:
  • 12:30: Read the Bright Horizons CHRO Maribeth Bearfield USA Today interview on the Modern Family Index.
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Bright Horizons
In 1986, our founders saw that child care was an enormous obstacle for working parents. On-site centers became one way we responded to help employees – and organizations -- work better. Today we offer child care, elder care, and help for education and careers -- tools used by more than 1,000 of the world’s top employers and that power many of the world's best brands
A happy husband and wife at dinner