From NPR authored by Yuki Noguchi:
“Gaby Gemetti thought she was failing. After having a second child, she struggled to be a good mom and also a good employee.
“I felt like I wasn’t a good mother,” she says. “I was waking up in the middle of the night thinking about, ‘Oh, my presentation,’ or just work in general.”
So, even though Gemetti was moving up the management ranks at a top tech company in Silicon Valley, she gave up the job four years ago to stay home in Santa Clara, Calif. As hard as it was, Gemetti’s decision was particularly driven by her son’s needs, when he started requiring regular therapy.
But she missed working on team projects. And recent headlines spotlighting the need for women in technology piqued her interest in looking for a job again. So she got back to work.
Over the past three years, women in their working prime such as Gemetti have been entering the workforce at more than double the rate of men.
That recent rise comes at a time when the economy is humming along and the unemployment rate has reached historic lows, which means there are more opportunities for workers seeking higher pay and better benefits.
Those benefits appeal to working mothers like Gemetti. In March, she started a “returnship,” a new type of program to recruit and retrain women like her who are looking to resume their careers. The new gig, managing a team at Cisco Systems, gives her time to occasionally pick up her kids from school.”
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