Why yes, it really is that simple. Not only do most US corporations effectively send some of their brightest and most motivated employees packing with a baby shower, but the US economy is the big loser. You know, the US economy that we’ve been hearing so much about in recent years, with stagnated growth and recessionary tendencies?
According to Sallie Krawcheck, a former corporate president, “Fully engaging women in the economy can increase GDP by as much as 9%.”
Let’s be clear on one thing. Women who leave the corporate life in favor of raising their families aren’t generally sitting home eating bonbons. They are the women volunteering all around us and taking low-paying but indispensable jobs in what is known as the “shadow economy.” These women make our schools run, keep our churches growing, mobilize others for political agendas, and lend their influence to their communities as bloggers and small business owners. They volunteer in the health care systems. They run back offices for their family business. They take care of the aging. They mentor others. They teach our children. And they are penalized in corporations for it.
Read more in this compelling article. http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20121211003923-174077701-big-idea-2013-flexibility-without-shame.
While a lot has improved in the work world in past decades, we still have far to go. It is amazing how far behind the curve the US is, compared to many European countries. If you can’t wait for changes, then entrepreneurship is probably for you.