Working Mother Magazine's Most Powerful Moms
By Working Mother on June 02, 2010
We have heard a lot of talk about how women have tipped the balance in the workforce. There are more working women in the U.S. than there are working men. Seventy percent of working women are mothers.
That certainly wasn’t the case when I was growing up. We all knew working mothers, but they weren’t in every house or apartment on the block. Our family had one of the first women licensed pediatricians in New York state. She was an elderly woman when I was little and retired before I was ten. But she did not have children.
There were other moms who returned to work in some form as the children got older. When I was the last one at home (youngest of six) and my closest brother was in college, my mother returned to work part-time, always for local businesses in walking distance of home since she did not drive.
Before she had children, she was a secretary with skills she prided and commuted for ten years by subway into Manhattan every day from the age of 16. She intended to keep working, but the baby came within that first year and that was the end of her stable career.
But now, there are moms at the top everywhere, just not as many as we would like. The experience and voices of mothers is very important at every table. Work-life balance becomes a careful consideration. The quality of reputations often becomes an important consideration, too.
At Working Mother, we herald the new and continued strengths of working mothers everywhere, and we point to those on top on our Most Powerful Moms lists for several reasons. Their positions and their work-style are aspirational for those on the way up, and their names should be known to all of us, so we know who the women are who are making important decisions with national policy, regional choices, our health and well-being, our economy, our futures and our children’s futures. We hope you will join in the Most Powerful Moms conversation and where you think we should find them.
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