Maternal Wall

The Maternal Wall

Do women with children opt out of high-powered jobs – or are they pushed out?

The bias triggered by motherhood is by far the strongest form of gender bias. One prominent study found that mothers are 79% less likely to be hired, 100% less likely to be promoted, offered an average of $11,000 less in salary, and held to higher performance and punctuality standards than women without children. Mothers face assumptions that being committed to work makes them bad mothers and that being committed to motherhood shows they are bad professionals.