The Reason 1 in 4 Women Might Quit Her Job
With no child care or flexible hours available, too many working mothers feel like they have no choice but to put their careers on the backburner.
As the McKinsey survey points out, more than 75% of CEOs say gender parity is one of their top ten business concerns, but that is not exactly obvious in 2020. In order to really keep women in the workforce—especially Black women like Alexis, who are more often than not the primary breadwinner in their households—Ellingrud says that companies are going to need to adapt to a new normal as well—one that takes into consideration the entire woman and all the directions she’s pulled in over the span of a day. “Give them the comfort [of knowing they’re not going to be fired], but also give them the flexibility to work when it’s more convenient for them, because there’s just a lot more that employees are taking on.”
In the meantime, both Alexis and Britney are just living one day at a time and trying not to get discouraged by what lies ahead. “I think I will almost have to start over in the sense of proving my ability to be promoted,” says Britney. “I think I could’ve been on that path if this hadn’t happened.”
*Names have been changed at the request of the subjects.