04/12/2018 CHRC

Mind the Gap

I had no hesitation about becoming a working mother. But reading this article brought back a memory that I must have blocked – until now.

Just about 21 years ago, when awaiting the birth of our first child, I encountered a female partner at the elevator bank. Now given that the Partner-in-Charge of our National group practice was a mother, the Partner-in-Charge of our Chicago practice was a mother, and I had two supportive bosses who were both fathers, I was not unduly worried about becoming a working mother.

Imagine my surprise when this female partner asked me how was I going to “manage coming back to work” after the birth of my child? I thought it was the oddest of questions to ask in our practice area, but despite my surprise, answered her anyway.  So imagine my shock when she responded, “Well I sure hope your husband makes a lot of money; that will be expensive.”  Now given that we worked in Global Human Resources Solutions, this response was so wrong on so many levels.  But even way back in 1997, I found the notion that my career plans were going to be entirely dependent on the earning power of my husband completely absurd.

Sadly, this article shows that perhaps that notion wasn’t so absurd. Our daughter turns 21 this month. I just hope and pray that this notion changes in time for her. Read More Here