Whether it’s gaining approval for leave or the perception of how much free time you have, studies indicate a disparity in the way working mothers and singles are treated.
Recent reports in Australia and the UK have shed light on an issue that many global working women face: Do women with children get preferential treatment in the workplace?
Some women say yes, citing discriminatory practices in cases of requested leave and sympathy from employers—a disparity when it comes to gaining approval for vacation or early leave due to emergencies. One woman even says there’s a “cult of motherhood” in the UK, where mothers’ out-of-office lives are perceived as more significant than childless women’s.
“There’s an unbelievable permissiveness towards mothers at work,” says Jody Day, founder of Gateway Women, an organization that seeks to support, inspire and empower childless women. “If they’re bombarding their colleagues with child-related talk all day, it’s deemed acceptable, but if women without children talk about their lives in the same way, we’re seen as self-absorbed.”
Wow. Ya don’t say.
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