Tag: motherhood penalty
Is there a wage penalty for motherhood? Research suggests so, showing that having a child has a negative impact on women's earnings, while fatherhood offers a wage bonus for men. For each child a woman has, her wages decrease by about 4 percent, whereas a man's wages rise by about 6 percent when he becomes a dad, perhaps because employers start to see these earners differently once they've become fathers.
According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women with children under the age of 18 make less than women who don't have children. Men, on the other hand, tend to make more money if they have kids. So what gives?
Mothers get the short end of the stick when it comes to equal pay in the working world. But, contrary to popular belief, working mothers might actually make the best employees.