The message for working moms from author Samantha Ettus couldn’t be clearer: don’t quit your job because women should work. Always. The author’s controversial new book has already raised some eyebrows among women who have chosen to ditch their careers in favor of becoming stay-at-home moms.
“I have yet to meet a woman who is fulfilled without keeping up her career,” Ettus told a reporter. And a woman might claim to be happy at home without working, “but two glasses of chardonnay in, you’ll find a well of dissatisfaction.”
So if you’re one of the working women who is thinking quitting work to become a stay-at-home mom, listen to why the author believes you should reconsider: your future earning power will decrease. And research shows when you leave the workforce for a year, 18-percent of your earnings disappear. That jumps to almost 40-percent for two years.
Ettus has two career tips for stay-at-home moms who used to work. “Instead of opting out, keep your career in mind.” Don’t tell people that you’re staying at home with the kids. Say you were in marketing and are now at home with your children. You want people to remember you as a professional when the time comes to re-enter the workforce.
And when you decide to work again, choose a company wisely. “If you see a ping pong table, run,” she advises. That’s because you don’t want to work for a company who expects you to spend your leisure there. You need a personal life outside the office.
Samantha Ettus has written a number of books. Her new one—The Pie Life: A guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction—will be published shortly.
Are you a woman who is considering reentering the job market or conducting a job campaign? You might also be interested in reading the chapter titled: For Women Only, How to Smash Through the Glass Ceiling Without a Head Injury. You’ll discover job-finding techniques that have been designed especially for women only.