May 2016

C-News: May 2016
Celebrating Working Mothers
Mother’s Day is celebrated in more than 46 countries around the world. While the dates vary from country to country, May is the most common month to honor Mom. And while being a mother is often referred to as the hardest job in the world, we want to focus this issue on moms who also maintain a professional career—whether part-time, full-time, remote, or on site.

This issue of C-News will offer tips and tools for moms looking to get back in the workforce, expectant mothers wanting to discuss maternity leave with their managers, and working moms hoping to discuss flexible work arrangements.
Celebrating Working Mothers
As if Being a Mother Wasn’t Hard EnoughAs if Being a Mother Wasn’t Hard Enough

We all know that women earn less than men, for the same jobs. But sadly, for moms it’s even worse. In 2015, Equal Pay Day for Mothers was June 4. What that means is that mothers had to work an extra five+ months to catch up to their male counterparts, since working mothers typically receive 70 cents for every dollar working fathers receive. This Quick Take is a statistical fact sheet on working mothers and fathers in Canada, the United States, and globally.

Show Mom How Much She Means with our Sharable GraphicShow Mom How Much She Means with our Sharable Graphic

Because she’s your #Momspiration, show her you love her for all the work she does. Share Catalyst’s special Happy Mother’s Day graphics on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and be sure to tag your Mom.

"Being a single mother is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears, but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride."
"Everything good about me came from my mom. If I can be half the mother that she is, I will consider Motherhood a success." "Motherhood: The most exhausting, emotional, rewarding, and life-enhancing journey a woman can take."
Leaving and Re-Entering the WorkforceLeaving and Re-Entering the Workforce

If you’re a working mother, you’ve probably considered leaving the workforce at some point in your career. But how do you smoothly transition to a leave or return to the workforce? This Quick Take has some stats, and you probably already know that working mothers receive little support in the form of public policy. Here are some resources you might find helpful for coming back to work:

And if you’re about to become a mother, here are some tips and tools to help you talk to your boss about your leave:
Is Flex Right for You?Is Flex Right for You?

Flexible work arrangements (FWA) can often be the perfect fit for working moms. Whether you want the option to work remotely, compress your work-week, job share, or work part-time, a FWA might help you be more effective in both work and life. Our Flex Works tool busts myths and sets the record straight on working flex. It also includes recommendations and examples from leading organizations on helping you implement flexibility within your own organization. And check out our step-by-step guide to requesting a FWA. Finally, read about one woman’s personal experience using flex for her family.

We are delighted to announce Troy Roderick as the ambassador to Catalyst’s operations in Australia. Please join us in welcoming him.
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