Is IT Still Largely a Man’s World? (cont’d)
There are two broad questions here: why are women deserting motherhood in general, and the IT&T industry in particular? I’ll explore some possible answers over the next weeks.
It’s too expensive financially
Economic modellers at the Australian National University suggest that the cost in forgone wages is $200,000 for the first child and $60,000 for each subsequent child.
The precise amount of these figures depends on the work the woman was doing before the birth of her children. For highly trained women who’ve invested years in qualifications, the cost of the lost working years is enormous-both financially and in career advancement.
And for poorer women, there isn’t even the middle-class luxury of debating when to return to work-they have to work outside the home to provide just the basics.
The irony is that women are encouraged to gain qualifications and work, but then vilified when they have children and choose to be at home with them, or put them in childcare.
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