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As any parent who was required to work remotely without childcare during the pandemic can attest, keeping your kids in the background (or even out of earshot) was pretty much impossible.
For decades, working parents — mothers in particular — have hidden their parenting responsibilities, and afternoon ballet recitals and midweek soccer games were masked as miscellaneous appointments to make it seem like parenting wasn’t taking precedence over professional demands and responsibilities.
And you can understand why: according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), married mothers with at least one child under the age of 18 earn 76 cents on a married father’s dollar, while single mothers earn 83.1 cents to a single custodial father’s dollar.
This is compared to childless women (including married and unmarried) earning 93 cents on a childless man’s dollar, while research conducted by Third Way, a national think tank, shows that women’s earnings drop by 4% when they start having children, while first-time fathers see their income increase by 6%.
However, working parents are now leaning into the concept of loud parenting, which is all about not hiding the fact that you’re a parent, and looking for employers which not only accept the demands of parenting, but support them in a highly visible and tangible way.
In fact, research by childcare provider Bright Horizons found that a job that helps meet family and child care responsibilities is almost as important as getting a significant …