Here's a quote:
Survey respondents are acutely aware that the office playing field is, for women, sometimes more like a minefield:
•Nearly 50 percent said they know or believe they're being paid less than their male counterparts.
•80 percent said having children hurts their careers and job prospects — and note that men don't have similar concerns.
•And two-thirds said being male, younger or more attractive would increase their chances of being promoted.
Sound familiar? This is the same old song that's been sung since women enthusiatically burned their bras and first entered the work force several decades ago. Has it gotten better? A bit, a tiny wee bit. Enough for us to justify our children not knowing their parents? I don't think so, not even close.
I am lucky in that my odd little profession isn't dependent on whether or not I'm a man. I don't think I'd earn any less or be any more promotable. I don't even think it'll make a difference if I were to get pregnant and have another kid. My boss, in fact, is a woman who is undergoing some sort of chemo and, as far as I know, is not being penalized at all.
*Note also that the bra burning didn't work. Unsurprisingly women still voluntarily wear bras because they serve a purpose, as did at home mothers.
For the record I don't know if I could handle being an at home mom but the dh did a fabulous job when he had the chance. I still wasn't able to get him to do a decent job cleaning the floors but dishes, laundry, and parenting he had down. Given the ability (and the paycheck) I would totally put him back in as domestic god. Hear that honey? You're lucky my profession doesn't pay over $80k or your butt would so be back in the saddle.