As a mom of 10 (almost 11 in about 8 weeks), I wish more corporations would empower working moms. It seems that we are looked down on or otherwise seen as a liability than an asset. We are seen as complainers for asking for breastfeeding accommodations or slackers when we put our families first. This year, I have been to a few in-person interviews while pregnant. Why? Because of the opportunity. I never limit myself and I don’t think anyone should. There’s nothing that says an entrepreneur can’t also have a full or part-time job. There’s plenty of folks who do. I also think I have a lot to offer an organization. And although I can’t prove that my pregnancy has anything to do with not being offered a job, it is something that looms in the back of my very qualified mind. I have nearly 2 decades of work experience with proven results and as of last year, I earned my degree.
That leads to another topic that I will undoubtedly get to. Where’s the ROI for earning a degree? So many graduates are unemployed yet in the area I live in, we have corporations bellyaching about not being able to retain talent. Why do you think folks are leaving? Welp, I can give you a few reasons but that’s not the point of this post. Yes, I have side businesses and I do a lot in the community which should alone prove that I am driven and capable. However, sometimes I think organizations shy away from pregnant women, those with families, or even her own hustle. Why is that the case? I’d love to be part of discussions that help change the narrative for working moms. I’d love to know your thoughts too. Post your comments. Hey mamma, I hear you.