Mother New York has an idea to make it easier for new mothers returning to the workforce. Because women are only allowed 12 weeks unpaid leave after having a child without penalty and that many women end up leaving their jobs after having kids, Mother wanted to come up with a tool to make it a little easier for new moms who are already under a tremendous amount of pressure.
It’s called The Pregnancy Pause and was designed to fill that maternity leave gap on a woman’s resume and make it easier for women to discuss that “time off” with future employers.
“New mothers in the U.S. often feel forced to quit their jobs due to a lack of adequate maternity leave policies, which leaves them penalized for the subsequent gaps in their resumes. We wanted to give working mothers in the U.S. a simple tool, and make it easier for them to own maternity leave as the full-time job it truly is,” Mother New York chief creative officer Corinna Falusi said in a statement.
Part of the idea comes through on LinkedIn where moms can update their resumes with a new job title. Women can go to their LinkedIn pages and add that they’ve been working at The Pregnancy Pause with the job title of “Mom.” They are then encouraged to list some of the responsibilities that come with that job experience, including the momentous task of taking care of another human life.
The project includes a toolkit on The Pregnancy Pause website that moms can download. The kit includes a sample resume, which includes the Mom job title. It also lists The Pregnancy Pause as a reference for women to include on their resumes with a number to call should an employer have any questions.
“The only reason anybody should have a gap in their resume is if they’re quitting their job to pursue a dream like finally starting a death metal band, travel the world to pitch that new app idea of yours or [something] similar. Not for choosing to have children,” Erik Norin, creative director at Mother New York, said in a statement.