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Are Working Moms Valued in the Corporate World?

There are companies out there who silently discriminate working moms, especially pregnant ones because they would be paying them while not getting anything when their maternity leave kicks in. Project managers would always put the extra effort in timelines and resource planning whenever they have pregnant moms in their team; some would understand while others would wish they had all male workers.

I remembered back in college my professor have done a study about working moms and being a mom herself, she was displeased how a lot of companies do not treat people like them fair enough. If there wasn't a law for paid leave then surely a lot of companies would not give a single dime for their absence.

Are there companies who give value to working moms?

Yes, some companies make every effort to give working moms a home. In relation to this, Yahoo news has reported on the best companies for working mom as listed by Working Mother Magazine. In an excerpt: The top 10 companies that best satisfied the five criteria were: Abbott Laboratories; Bon Secours Richmond Health System; Ernst & Young LLP; HSBC USA Inc.; IBM Corp.; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Patagonia Inc.; PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP; Principal Financial Group, and S.C. Johnson & Son Inc.

IBM and Johnson & Johnson are the only companies that have been on the list every year since it was initiated 21 years ago. IBM offers new mothers the option to take up to 144 weeks of leave, Evans said.

The Boston Consulting Group is one of 18 companies new to the list, for which the magazine solicits applications that consist of 550 questions. Among the consulting group's benefits are three months of paid maternity leave and emergency child care.

Julie Gish, a 31-year-old project leader in the Chicago office of the consulting company, credits the maternity leave and flexible work policies for easing her work life after the birth of her son Charlie, who turned 1 on Saturday.

Gish took the three-month paid leave and an additional six weeks of unpaid leave before she returned to work on a 60 percent basis. Since then, she has increased her working time to 80 percent, and said she is grateful for how accommodating the company has been.

If you are a working mom or knows someone who is, you might want to give them the full list (found here) as their prospect for future employment.

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Date : Wednesday, September 27, 2006
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  1. Doug | personal development training, June 10, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Working moms are highly appreciated in corporate world, in fact they are much respected like any other. I think housewives should be consider as working moms too. :)

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