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Just like motherhood itself, working motherhood in the United States looks different for every woman. Whether you’re a single mom, part-time employee or an 80-hours-per-week chief executive, you are still balancing work life with life at home with the kids.
With 70 percent of U.S. women identifying as working moms, there are many ways to get inspired by how women make it, well, workfor them and their families.
Mom.me spoke exclusively to these diverse power moms, who are working at the top of their game in careers that range from finance to filmmaking to journalism.
Find out how they manage work and motherhood, and why they believe having moms in the office is beyond important.
Occupation: Host of “Tia Mowry at Home” on the Cooking Channel
“I think it’s important to have moms in the workplace, No. 1, so that we can be examples for our children. I think children learn the best through observation and observing behavior. That’s basically how they develop, whether it’s their environment, or whether it’s coming from their parents or school or what’s going on at home, so I think being a working mom, it sets a great example for your own child to see.
“For me, it’s: ‘Mommy works hard for what she wants, and what she wants to do. And if you want something that you want, you have to work hard to get it.’ That’s for the kid’s benefit, but I think for the mom’s benefit, it’s very important that a mother does not lose herself and lose her ambitions and lose what her goals are in life just because she is a mom.
“Raising a child is a huge responsibility, and it’s a job within itself, but you still have to as a mom do what you love to do and stay inspired because it will not only it make you a better person, it will make you a better mom.”
Occupation: Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at the Trump Organization; Founder and CEO of Ivanka Trump Collection
“As working women, we hear the term ‘work–life balance’ a lot. For me, it’s less about achieving balance — even a scale, by its very nature, is never in balance for long. Instead, I have found success by setting my personal and professional goals and priorities, and then structuring my time to achieve on them accordingly.
“Being a mother has really made me appreciate efficiency. I’m incredibly focused and productive during the day, knowing that I have two children waiting for me at home. I cherish our time together as a family in the evenings, which often includes cooking dinner, playing games and cuddling over bedtime stories. Once my kids are asleep, I’m usually back on email, wrapping up the day’s work.
“Women today work, hard, at all aspects of their lives. I launched the #WomenWhoWork initiative on IvankaTrump.com, just over a year ago, to celebrate the many ways in which women work. My goal is to change the narrative around what it means to be a professional woman, and to inspire and empower those around me to truly create the lives they want to live.”
Occupation: General Manager, Children’s Media, PBS
“Every day, I am inspired by the hard-working moms at PBS. As a mother of two daughters, I know that my role as ‘mom’ is the most important job that I have, in and away from the home. However, I’m proud to show my daughters the importance of creative, innovative work that taps your personal passions and contributes to society. I love challenging myself and learning from other people — both at home and at work — which has helped me become a better mom and professional.”
THASUNDA BROWN DUCKETT
Occupation: CEO of Chase Auto Finance
“I try to bring energy and commitment to every moment of my day, whether it involves work or family. I’m passionate about what I do, and that allows me to set a strong example for my children.
“Over the years, I’ve talked with them about my job, in an age-appropriate way. This open dialogue has helped them understand and even appreciate how I spend my days and why I do what I do.
“It’s also allowed them a chance to speak up when my work–life balance starts to feel a little skewed. I’ll admit, it happens, but all we can do is our best. When that happens, I evaluate and recalibrate my professional commitments. I constantly challenge myself and embrace new opportunities, but I strive to make sure that it’s never at a cost to my family.”
Occupation: Media Entrepreneur; former President of Entertainment at Telemundo
“I think becoming a mom made be better in the office. I started working smarter instead of harder. My priorities became clear in all parts of my life. Instead of wasting time on silly things, or getting upset over things that really were nothing, motherhood made me have a more ‘get it done’ attitude in all parts of my life. It also made me lean more into entrepreneurship and into creating my own business because I wanted the flexibility that entrepreneurship could bring.
“I think when you have a child, you start thinking creatively about how to make it all happen and work, and that kind of thinking makes you a better employee or a better entrepreneur. Having something greater than yourself as your guiding light makes you clear, focused and more successful.”
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