Actually, Women Are MORE Ambitious After Having Kids

Take that bosses who think working moms aren't focused on their careers!
By Maricar Santos, Working Mother

A new study is debunking the belief that having a baby makes a woman less focused on her career.

According to a survey from Accenture, moms who return to work after having a child are just as ambitious as women without kids—or, in some cases, even more ambitious! In the survey, working moms were just as likely to aspire to a senior leadership position (70 percent) as female colleagues who don't have kids (67 percent), reports Fortune

[post_ads]Moreover, working moms seem to have their eye out for promotions and higher pay. In the survey, women with kids were 2.5 times more likely to switch jobs for a higher title or more pay than those without kids.

Women with kids were also far more likely to want to branch out and become an entrepreneur: While only 35 percent of women without kids were interested in starting a business, more than half of moms surveyed (53%) said they'd like to start a business within a year.

The survey is part of Accenture's Getting to Equal 2017 report, which includes responses from more than 28,000 women and men in 29 countries. The findings on motherhood and ambition were based off responses from 140 U.S. working moms and 110 U.S. working women without kids. The survey also revealed that, despite their desire to climb the career ladder, many women make career sacrifices to balance both work and family.  
Fortune reports that after becoming moms, "many women traded pay for more flexible hours." In the survey, 25 percent of women returned to a job with a more flexible schedule after having a baby, but 55 percent of them took a pay cut for that flexibility.

The survey just goes to show that women can truly be career-driven while raising kids. Now, if only companies would get the memo and support them while they do it.

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