Washington Post: If you want to celebrate moms, end the ‘motherhood’ penalty

May 6. 2022


The Washington Post interviewed Noreen Farrell in anticipation of Moms Equal Pay Day.

The piece delves into the “motherhood penalty” and how the pandemic exacerbated this issue. Noreen is quoted in the piece and her recommendations on how employers and employees can help combat the pay gap for income-earning moms are detailed throughout the piece.

If it [the pandemic] did not prompt immediate change in work and care infrastructures, it has demonstrated in devastating clarity what needs to be done. — Noreen Farrell

Noreen says employers should conduct rigorous and regular analyses of pay scales to get a sense of how wages in their company are distributed and to uncover patterns that may indicate bias.

I have never met an employer who believes it is paying less based on race, sex or other factors until they look at their numbers. — Noreen Farrell

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