Does becoming a mom derail your career--even if you're Penélope Cruz?!

Penélope Cruz, who looks astonishingly gorgeous on the cover of May's issue of Harper's Bazaar, says she's scaling back her work responsibilities now that she has become a mom. "Maybe I'll make one movie a year, maybe two, but it's not going to be more than that because I have other priorities now," the Spanish beauty told the magazine.

And what mom can't understand that, right? But how much of an impact will her decision have on her acting career? Who knows... but apparently a lot of women feel like becoming a mom has definitely derailed their career goals. 


According to a recent USA Today survey, 46 percent of women feel that becoming a mom has slowed down their career growth. (Only 35 percent of men felt the same way.) 

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In my own life, I will say that this is relative because I'm no longer doing what I was doing professionally before I became a mom. In other words, I'm still a journalist, but I've adapted my career to more modern times and so I now get to write for this great online site from my own home whereas before I had children, I worked in an office, under a lot of pressure and I had to travel a lot overseas.

When I quit that life right before getting pregnant with my first child, I made a conscious decision of leaving that lifestyle behind. I didn't want to have children to have them be stuck in a daycare while I work ridiculous amount of hours and traveled all the time. I don't know how much more my career as a TV producer would have advanced had I stayed in it even after becoming a mom. But I will say that even if it had, I probably would've been too miserable to even care.

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I'm sure I've missed out on a lot of career opportunities because my priorities are different now that I'm a mom, but I honestly don't care. I'm happy being a mom and I consider myself very lucky to still be able to continue doing what I love most: writing. 

Has becoming a mom slowed your career growth?

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