How crazy is it that it is only within my mom’s lifetime that working moms were protected from being discriminated against in the hiring process? While moms have been part of the workforce for decades, it wasn’t until a Supreme Court Case in the early 70s that there were protections for moms applying for jobs. Thanks to Ida Phillips, who applied for a job in 1966 only to be told that due to her preschool age child, she couldn’t be hired, I have the choice to be a working mom without fear of being discriminated against (of course, here at Evoke, it wouldn’t be a worry!)
We still have a long way to go, but laws around providing maternity leave, giving moms time to pump/breastfeed at work, and support for continued education, all help keep women in the workforce and move us towards closing the pay gap.
I am blessed to work for a women-led company who supports my journey into early motherhood, AND my career journey. Supportive employers like Kelly make all the difference.
Here’s to all the working moms out there- Happy Women’s History Month!