Working Motherhood

As a young girl with a background in faith and an aspiration to pursue a career, life seems to get complicated when it comes to starting a family and becoming a mother.

Although most women of faith backgrounds are preferred to be stay-at-home moms, I would love to also achieve an occupation along with raising my family.

If all goes well in the future, my husband will hopefully be the one that provides for the family. But, just in case there is an issue, I would like to be able to be the provider for our family.

But many women in the world aren’t as fortunate to have a working husband.

According to the chart below, provided by the United States Department of Labor, over 67% of married women and 74% of single, divorced, widowed, separate, etc. women, who have children under the age of 18, participate in the labor force in the U.S.

Labor force participation rate of mothers by marital status and age of children

Because so many women are working in America who are providing for their family and their children in some way, one of the biggest increasing issues in government effecting these mothers in maternity leave.

The International Labour Office (ILO) gave a press release that said “more than 120 countries around the world provide paid maternity leave and health benefits by law, including most industrialized except Australia, New Zealand and the United States”.

As one of the most developed and advanced countries in the world, it would only make sense to provide accurate maternity needs for the working women.

Based on the ILO first global standard, it “calls for a minimum 12-week leave although a 14-week leave is recommended”.

The U.S. is barely meeting this standard with an unpaid leave of 12-weeks.

Women are being treated unfairly with the standards of unpaid maternity leave. Below is a working mother’s story of her experience with the short, unpaid maternity leave that the United States has acquired to normality, provided by the ILO.


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