3 Ways Working Moms Can Close the Gender Pay Gap

Bringing a child into the world should be a joyous occasion. However, many working mothers will tell you that having a child is a bitter-sweet time in their lives, because this occasion usually marks the beginning of the end of their careers, thanks to a little (yet persistent) thing called the gender pay gap. The good news is, choosing to have a child doesn't have to mean your career is doomed. Here are a few powerful ways working mothers can help regain control of their careers by aiding in the eradication of the gender pay gap once and for all.

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Salary Negotiation Strategies for Working Moms

Even when women don't prioritize family over work, they pay a salary penalty for marrying and having kids. In fact, PayScale's report, Inside the Gender Pay Gap, shows that only childless, single men and women in the same jobs have a 0 percent gender pay gap. When women do put home responsibilities before work, they're paid increasingly less than men – and that's without taking significant time out of their careers to raise a family. When moms leave work, and then return, they face an uphill battle to get the pay they deserve. This week's roundup looks at salary negotiation techniques for those moms, as well as a checklist for buffing up your LinkedIn profile, and strategies to avoid burnout before it strikes.

One Company Offers a Work-Life Balance Solution for Moms: Part-Time Jobs

Being a working mother in America is no easy feat. Not only are there extremely limited or no paid leave options for a vast majority of working parents, but the high cost of childcare and long American workday force many women to leave their careers behind to care for their children. One company is trying to change that for working mothers. How? By giving moms the opportunity to work part-time.

Why Do Married Moms Make Less Than Married Dads?

The largest gender pay gap, according to PayScale's latest report, is between married women with children and married men with children. This is true whether you look at uncontrolled data, or controlled data that accounts for job type, education, management responsibilities, and location, and so on. It's that controlled data that tells the real story. Generally, when we talk about why women earn less than men, we attribute the discrepancy, at least in part, to the idea that women are more likely to prioritize family over work. But, respondents to PayScale's survey, which forms the basis for the report, told us a very different story.

4 Working Moms Share the Reality of Maternity Leave in the US

Last month, we asked working parents to share their experiences with taking parental leave in the US. The responses, which came from people in occupations as diverse as librarian and banker, showed what most of us already know: the United States has a long way to go when it comes to leave for new parents. While top tech employers like Netflix and Microsoft might dangle months or even a year of paid leave, most working parents are left cobbling together disability, vacation time, and FMLA leave – if they're lucky enough to qualify.

5 Ways Working Moms and Dads Can Manage Their Households Like a CEO

You're probably familiar with articles discussing how "mom skills" translate well in the workplace, especially when it comes to multitasking and prioritizing. However, you don’t hear much about the other way around. In this post, we'll take a look at five ways working parents can use their skills to keep a happy, orderly home.