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Talented Working Mothers: 28 percent of women with Harvard MBAs had left the workforce 15 years after receiving their degree

A 2009 study from University of Califirnia Berkeley Haas School of Business found that 28 percent of women with Harvard MBAs had left the workforce 15 years after receiving their degree.  A 2010 study of MBAs from top business schools by University of Chicago Booth School of Business found that hours and labor force participation of female MBAs fell by an average of 24 percent -18 percent three-to-four years after their first child’s birth.

These statistics highlight the national conundrum women face balancing family with career, and an acute problem concerning every HR manager:  a sizeable pool of the most highly-educated, highly-skilled women in their ranks are either fleeing their organizations or foregoing job opportunities, determining that juggling family and work demands is too obstacle-ridden to justify.

It’s likely that many of these talented women want to remain in the workforce, but I argue, many leave because their employers don’t offer the types of flexible scheduling and comprehensive benefits options that would make employment more feasible and attractive.

Choosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor from 

Smarter Benefits- Key to Retaining Talented Working Mothers - Women of HR

via Smarter Benefits: Key to Retaining Talented Working Mothers | Women of HR.

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