Wonderwall360 Careers: How to make it fair when women take a career break

Before taking a maternity break Serena Williams was tennis 🎾 number 1. Previously she would have had to start from scratch to get her rankings and being at the bottom of the rankings would have meant she was ineligible for competitions like Wimbledon. In sport when you can only play for a limited time which, coincides with fertile time, taking time out to have a child is a risk to career but, then if that means relinquishing all that have previously achieved that feels unjust.

On the other hand will tennis as with other careers, it is not really fair if someone who has taken a career break to be treated same as someone who has worked continuously. If parents miss promotions when on career breaks then ultimately they can end up in a lower position being paid less than someone who started at the same time as them.

Any thoughts regarding this dilemma?

In the last paragraph I deliberately said parents rather than Mother although in UK despite, the introduction of shared parental leave it is more women than men that take career breaks to care for infants and subsequently work part time. One fact putting off Father’s doing the same is the damage to career of taking a career break. Therefore this is an important topic for all, regardless of whether parents or potential parents as it is about equity for those who reject career breaks and those who do not.

Author: wonderwall360blog

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2 thoughts on “Wonderwall360 Careers: How to make it fair when women take a career break”

  1. Interesting points here. I guess I think that parents do already miss out on work opportunities by taking time off for children – to use the example of Serena Williams, she’s lost fitness, training time, match opportunities so having a baby is already a disadvantage in that respect. Losing her ranking would mean that she’s paying the price twice, if you see what I mean? Likewise I think in an office job, it’s entirely reasonable to expect to go back to your old position, but it’s understandable that you will be at a disadvantage when applying for promotion etc, compared to people who have used the time to gain extra skills and experience.


    1. Exactly, going back same position fair enough but can see other ppl may have been promoted in that time or gained extra experience which means get promoted sooner. It is hard to know what fair for all is and maybe not such thing.

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