Mom's Rising to the top


In 2021 Female CEOs almost doubled with women-led organizations slightly outranking male-run businesses due to these females leading with compassion.

1 in 8 CEOs are women in Ireland

It's not only much more acceptable now for moms to have high powered executive positions it is also much more acceptable for dads to be more hands-on at home


5 elements helping Mom's on top



Childcare:

In the countries with strong childcare offerings, we can see how it is moving their workforce sustainably into the future with projections of women making up half of the leadership positions in the next ten years


  1. The price of daycare for children under 3 can cost as having a second mortgage in Ireland for one child.

  2. The average daycare hours are between 8 am to 5:30 pm making it hard for those commuting to be there for drop-offs and collections.

  3. After school care, on-site school services, and private childminders are another set of challenges with restricted times and prices that do not suit every family

We need to find more supportive measures going forward to support our childcare industry which is underfunded and understaffed in order to create a space that is more favorable for both parents and employees. This to me is one of the key elements that are holding women back from more women rising to the top in Ireland.

As moms are heading back onsite and some even are returning onsite for the first time as working moms, it is important that we focus on the talent pool and ways we can support them moving forward. Moms are joining forces to co-share work and childcare duties.


Choices

Our workforce was modeled during the industrial revolution. 8 hours were there to protect workers from physical burnout. We no longer work like machines however and our labor is not as intensely required. So why have we not moved away from this model?

Over the past two years, companies have shown an incredible amount of resilience and adaptability in order to survive a global pandemic. Now we are overwhelmed & anxious by the news of war, the only constant in our new reality is CHANGE.

During the pandemic working moms were seen to leave their jobs in order to provide homeschooling for their children, take unpaid leave for care roles and work around the clock to keep house, work, and children going. , between work and family duties, working moms actually clock 98 hours of work a week.

  1. One of the greatest outcomes from the pandemic is that flexible work is no longer seen as a stop-gap between your career & childcaring milestones. Employers want to retain the talent pool of experienced & skilled workers and are more open than ever to flexible opportunities

Manchester University did a study and its findings showed that working moms were 40% more likely to be stressed. Some of the 11 stressors included working hours, family conditions, psychological strain, and low levels of wellbeing.

In fact, a 2013 study by Ernst and Young Australia, found the following: Women in flexible roles waste only 11.1% of their working time, compared to an average of 14.5% for the rest of the working population. This finding also suggests that flexible working arrangements contribute to productivity

  1. The request to remote work will most likely not fully come into effect until Autumn however it is giving us an opportunity to speak with our employers about our choices and preferences in building a greater work/life balance that will help uprise

  2. Europe has a work/life balance policy at play which will require all employers to have a look at their policies for working parents and how they are supporting them

  3. There are more companies adapting return to work policies to help protect moms on their return to work

  4. Parental leave policies are also becoming more inclusive with fathers having a greater opportunity to take paid leave as well.

Rent the Runway CEO had a family leave policy that allows families up to 20 weeks paid leave. With such a strong commitment to it, it trickled down the company with now most fathers in the company taking equal amounts of paid leave.


Community


Mothers more than anyone understands the importance of having a village around them. Mothers are standing on the shoulders of those who have made these decisions and are bettering the outcomes for themselves because of it. We are collaborating and celebrating each other in a profound way that is truly inspiring.

Everyone attends the class on attending to babies' needs but you need your community to help you voice and understand your own needs as a mother. It takes a village not just to raise a child but to raise a mother too.


We have seen a diverse group of communities for women and moms to join in order to help inspire and collaborate with each other. These groups are helping us to rise up together. These communities are helping to empower us to break the bias that is both unconscious and conscious.

Mentorship & Leadership programs are becoming increasingly popular amongst women as we understand the greater benefits of surrounding ourselves with strong women to help pull us to the next step and celebrate our wins.


Confidence

The female leaders out there have the confidence to be their own authentic selves. When we break down the bias that we