Moms don't slack at work and now there's proof

Whenever I hear someone have a problem with a working mom, I defend all working moms on my mami's behalf. It's always bothered me that people look down at women with kids who do any kind of work—for whatever reason, whether because they're deemed too lazy or not driven enough.

I've always believed that my mom was one of the hardest-working people I knew. She came to this country with my dad with barely any language skills and not much to call her own. But she quickly started working any and every job that she could, from odd jobs like sewing and cleaning houses, to food packaging factories during the day and delivering pizzas at night.

The wage gap between working women and working moms is ridiculously large but now there's proof that being a working mom doesn't actually make you any less of a good employee.


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In a new report by Forbes, they talk to work/life balance expert Dina Bakst who points out data showing that worker's absence from non-kid-related reasons are usually much higher than from child-care absences. Jezebel explains:

"For instance, in the field of "management, business, and financial operations," absences due to "illness or injury" were twice as high as those due to "child care problems; other family or personal obligations; civic or military duty; and maternity or paternity leave." In "healthcare support occupations," a traditionally female-dominated field, illness/injury days out were nearly three times as common as kid-and-family related ones."

Basically, this means that moms (or dads) taking time off to take care of their sick kids is a lot less common than people just taking time off because they're sick. Unfortunately, though, that's still one of the biggest reasons that companies are weary of hiring new moms. Hopefully, though, this new statistic will help to turn that opinion around by proving that, in fact, mom employees aren't the slackers they're often painted as. They're just as hard working (if not more) as every other person at the company.

Are you a working mom and have ever called out sick because your child needed care? How did you employer react?

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