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Ready to Go Part-Time as a Working Mom?

Ready to Go Part-Time as a Working Mom?

Susan Aaron | Monster Contributing Writer

Many mothers straddle the line between working full-time and staying home with their kids. Working part-time can be a great way for women to stay connected to both their careers and families. But moms who have staked out this middle ground attest to the tradeoffs required to do it successfully.

Think you could find your comfort zone in a part-time job? Moms who’ve done it and advocates for women help you sort out the benefits and drawbacks of this potentially appealing option.

Be Ready for a Pay Cut

Women who switch from full-time to part-time earn less — in ways that go beyond salary, according to Linda Meric, director of working women advocacy group 9 to 5.

For example, when lawyer Julie went from working five days a week to three, she lost her benefits, worth 24 percent of her pay. And after Gretchen, an arts educator, switched jobs when she had a baby, she earned significantly less from the new position and did not receive benefits.

Julie and Gretchen agree: Along with reduced earning power, they must accept a different career outlook. Julie notices her law school friends are steadily gaining pay and prestige, while she “treads water” at her part-time job. Gretchen’s goal is to keep her career “afloat and alive” while she works part-time.


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