Women Are Still Expected to Prioritize Parenting over Career

  1. Give women who have left their careers a chance to come back.
  2. Support women who are doing both now.

Making a Strong Comeback

After speaking to the COO of DispatchTrack, Shailaja Satish said, “we often find that women who are applying for tech jobs after leaving the industry for a few years to take care of their child, they come back with certain soft skills that make them strong managers.” If this is the case, then why is it so hard for women to get back into the industry once they’ve left for a couple years? Ms. Satish explained, “the tech industry simply moves so fast that anyone who leave even for a year falls behind.” So I asked, if there were a way for women to take classes and train themselves to catch up to the industry, would you hire them? Ms. Satish replied, “Actually, yes, that would be a very good idea to help us employ more women in our R&D (Reseach and Development) departement.”

Staying Relevant

We also need to help the women who are already working in tech and are mothers. One difficulty that many working mothers are frustrated with is how early public schools end. Especially mothers of young kids have to either take on uncomfortable shifts or leave work early just to pick up their kids from school. One solution that schools can implement is offering extended care for kids with working mothers. Kids can finish homework and socialize with peers while being supervised by a staff member so that a working mother can pick up their kids at a convenient time without worrying about their child’s well-being. Some private schools are already implementing such measures and majority of the mothers of the students work.

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