This article discusses what women face, including "lookism," ageism, and what happens when women opt-out of the workforce to undertake care-giving responsibilities before entering (or re-entering) the workforce. While this article is calling for corporations and employers to evaluate hiring practices and taking gender pay inequity seriously, there are some deep-rooted realities that women entering the workforce face. To be aware is to be educated, and to be educated is to be powerful.
Kristin Wong, reporter for Forge said, "...you’re not the first person to have some guilt about leaving the workforce after years of employment, and you shouldn’t beat yourself up for feeling this way. We get used to measuring our contributions in terms of dollars, and it can be hard to break that conditioning, especially if you’ve never had to depend on anyone else financially. Perhaps this is an opportunity to redefine your value beyond money and work.
Besides, the reality of being a parent, especially a mother, is that no matter what choice you make — stay at home to take care of the kids, work full time, work part time, work from home, hire a nanny, send the kids to daycare — someone is going to make you feel bad about it. In a way, that can be liberating: You’re never going to please everyone, so make the decision that works best for your family, and don’t worry about anyone else’s judgment."
"For more than a year, I worked warily, convinced Ben would find stay-at-home fatherhood too lonely, mundane or emasculating, and beg for the chance to go back to work. But instead, he was a sensational full-time father — even-keeled and patient, attentive and available."
"The idea that I’d make a clean break with the professional working world and a career I love right at its satisfying midpoint seems at best like poor planning, and at worst like self-sabotage. But stepping off without a designated landing point is the intent. I’m creating a space, and resolving, at least for a season, to leave it unfilled."
This article highlights a career search quick start, setting career goals, job application material best practices, finding family-friendly employers, and more. The article discusses how you can "own your career pause," and how to highlight accomplishments.
"Moms are good for business. Moms in the workplace drive greater productivity, more collaboration and more retention."
"This brief is the third in a series of related reports. This research and policy brief highlights the results of the survey related to the following:
- The emotional impact of COVID-19,
- Household and caregiving concerns,
- Childcare and online schooling concerns,
- Impact of the presence of a partner in the home and other demographics, and
- Workplace culture and concerns."
"Returnships are internships for adults looking to re-enter the workforce after an extended absence. They are designed as a back-to-work program that provides the experience, training, skills, and mentoring that an individual needs to return to the workforce without starting from the bottom of the career ladder."
In 2013 Edwards won Utah’s prestigious Golden Apple Award. Today she teaches for a third-grade Gifted and Talented program in Salt Lake City. From arranging visits with astronauts to writing grants for her school to improve geographical and international learning, Edwards has lifted her students with her energy and experience. Like her decision to return to the site of an impending war, Edwards stands by her unconventional career change, which, like her other endeavors, has been an unconventional success."
The impact of a mother’s higher education on her family is not just anecdotal. According to Jenet Jacob Erickson (BS ’97), an assistant professor in BYU’s School of Family Life, a mother’s higher education has been shown to strengthen her “maternal sensitivity”—the way a mother responds to and influences a child’s growth."
Stack reports that Sister Sharon Eubank discussed a story of her LDS queer friend (Liv), stating, "For nearly 20 years, she thought she was “broken” because of her attractions, but now she knows she is loved by God and Jesus Christ just as she is, Liv said. “My eternal identity is not something anyone can take away from me.”
The Relief Society leadership trio also discussed good and bad things to say in sensitive moments such as addressing childless couples, singles and divorced members, or missionaries who return early from their missions.
HBR authors, Robin J. Ely, Pamela Stone, and Colleen Ammerman report:
"As one alumna in her mid-thirties noted, a key factor is still “deep-rooted attitudes that a woman should be the primary caregiver, so it is ‘understood’ that her career may have to take a backseat for a while as similar male colleagues move ahead at a more rapid pace.
But here’s the kicker: It simply isn’t true that a large proportion of HBS alumnae have “opted out” to care for children.
Our survey data and other research suggest that when high-achieving, highly educated professional women leave their jobs after becoming mothers, only a small number do so because they prefer to devote themselves exclusively to motherhood; the vast majority leave reluctantly and as a last resort, because they find themselves in unfulfilling roles with dim prospects for advancement."
"59% of mothers with children under age 6, 50% of mothers with both children under 6 and between 6 and 17, and 73% of mothers with children between 6 and 17 are in the labor force. And in many of these households, “all available parents” means one parent, and that parent is more than twice as likely to be a mother than a father."
"This year’s Women’s History Month, and the last year in general, was surely bittersweet for many women given the setbacks they’ve endured, not only because of the pandemic’s devastating impact on our lives, but the fact that the crisis has disproportionately affected so many working women and working mothers – particularly women of color."
"Women seemed to be on track to continue making progress in 2020 when, just before the pandemic, women held more jobs than men in the U.S. workforce for only the second time ever and the first time since 2010. But the emergence of COVID-19 sent that progress backwards."
"According to a report by the National Women’s Law Center, women account for 55 percent of overall net job loss since the start of the pandemic, and since February 2020, women have lost over 5.4 million net jobs. In December 2020, all of the jobs lost were held by women, while men gained 16,000 jobs – marking a 33-year low in women’s labor force participation."
"Our economic recovery may be at the beginning stages, but it’s never too early to lay out a plan for how we can best ensure women are not decades behind in achieving gender equity at work."
Reed said she wants to reframe unmet expectations as “opportunities” for the students.
A lot of female students do not realize the opportunities before them and have the idea that they must choose a family or a career, Sanders said."
"...men must be involved in making progress toward gender equity; without them, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts will fall short."
This article posted the webinar, where Roy and Johnson discuss:
- What zero-sum bias is, and why it is a barrier to gender equity
- Six strategies to help organizations overcome zero-sum bias among male employees
- How these strategies quantify the economic gains from gender equity, hold leaders accountable for change, and expose misperceived social norms
This perfectionism leads to a lot of shame and guilt, she said. It was her goal to provide a place for people to come and talk and see that they are not alone."
"...I just decided to be open about it and to be transparent about it and to hopefully encourage other women or men who are in a similar situation, where they're wanting to go back, but maybe feeling awkward about it, too, to help inspire them to just do it.""
"Policymakers are starting to pay attention. Last month Kamala Harris, America’s vice-president, called the exodus of women from the workforce a “national emergency.”"
She cited evidence demonstrating conclusively that where women are well represented in government, there is more investment in social protection and a better focus on climate justice."
"In 2014, 12.5% of presidents of degree-granting colleges and universities in Utah were women. In 2017 that number had grown to 25%. Today, 50% of the presidents are women."
"Utah is even ahead of the national average of 33% for the number of women in president positions at degree-giving universities. It's clear that state leaders and others have focused on this issue since the first report, said Susan Madsen, founder and director of the project.
In order to progress even more, she noted it's important to focus on the systems currently in place that give women opportunities to apply for these leadership roles. When institutions bring out-of-state or outside hires straight into upper management roles rather than looking inward, it can harm in-state women's chances at a job."
THANK YOU to all who participated in the Women of FHSS Kick-off.
Stay tuned for more information on our Fall 2021 event.
Celebrating Our Divine Mother: a Faith Matters conversation with the Women who brought us the book series A Girl's Guide and a Boy's Guide to Heavenly Mother
Faith Matters interviewed Bethany Brady Spalding and McArthur Krishna who speak about the inspiration and direction they are receiving in writing A Girl's Guide to Heavenly Mother , A Boy's Guide to Heavenly Mother, and Girls Who Choose God series. This inspiring conversation discussses and encourages us to change the narrative of how we speak about our Heavenly Mother.
2021 BYU Women's Conference
Reported in the Church News , "Speaking during a session of BYU’s Women’s Conference on Thursday morning, President Bingham was joined by her counselors in the Relief Society general presidency — Sister Sharon Eubank and Sister Reyna Isabel Aburto — in offering ideas of how to extend the promise of belonging to every sister in the Church."
"Every woman in the Church, whether she is fresh out of high school, a career woman, a mother of small children, a woman who has experienced divorce, a widow — or any combination of those situations — absolutely belongs to Relief Society, Sister Eubank assured."
Global Women Studies Event: Work/Life Integration: Insights from Women Professionals
Global Women Studies at BYU hosted an event with five BYU graduates as they discussed exploring future opportunities and professional paths. The panel discussed, feeling qualified to apply for positions, imposter syndrome, advocating for self, relationship building to move forward in career development, overcoming challenges associated with home/family and career, ways to best handle sexual harassment in the workplace, and how most women want to help other women - so open your mouth when seeking mentorship.
A Fireside Chat with Sheri Dew: Utah Women and Leadership Project
Sheri Dew, internationally recognized author, speaker, and leader, is well-known for her engaging stories, forthright advice, and her passion around the potential of girls and women in Utah and around the world. In this engaging fireside chat, she responds to questions about her own leadership development journey and provides insights and perspectives on why, where, and how women today are needed to influence, impact, and lead in all settings.
Women Aren't Persisting to Graduation
Dixie R. Sevison, Director of Women’s Services and Resources at BYU, talks about Women, Education, Careers & Life. Dixie discusses research that shows how young women around the state of Utah are not persisting to graduation and highlights some key findings from the research community during this video.
- Women pursue lower paying fields of study because they hope for more flexibility for employment, but employees with more high paying fields of study tend to have more workplace flexibility
- (LDS) Women perceive their duties toward education as a mechanism to:
- Provide for their family IF their husband dies, become disabled or leaves
- Provide for themselves IF they stay single or lose their husband
- Provide for their family IF their husband is laid off, or their family encounters difficult circumstances
- Research shows that for women, working outside of the home for pay is a necessity that cannot be avoided. Women are increasingly becoming the primary provider in their households and unfortunately are often unprepared for that reality (Ideas adapted from quoted text of Dr. Melissa Goates-Jones and also highlighted in BYU FHSS article Dr. Melissa Jones on Balance )
In the article Dixie references ( What if Plan A Doesn’t Work by Casey Hurley, Department of Business Management at BYU-Idaho), Hurley continues saying ultimately female students will make major and career plans with guidance from the Holy Ghost and a final confirmation that their choice is the one the Lord has in mind for them, but they first MUST understand the importance of completing an education.