I’m a mom-of-three and cofounder of Motherly, a guide for women on the journey to motherhood. I’d love it if Melinda could look at the transition to motherhood — particularly the demands of childcare — and how that reality impacts whether women are able to launch businesses or remain employed full time during this period.
Many many talented new mothers want to stay employed, or they want to launch businesses, or they desire to strike out on their own in freelance or consulting roles, but the cost/benefit doesn’t add up for them, especially in the short term.
Are there ways to subsidize childcare for female founders, in order to reduce this “mommy penalty” for entrepreneurs? Are there ways to advocate for dramatically more affordable childcare, so that women don’t feel they are working all day simply to pay the babysitter? Can we incentivize more companies to promote more flex-work, so that new moms and dads in particular can maximize time with their babies, and still remain engaged in their careers? New parents are often afraid to rock the boat at work during this often fragile period of their lives — they need an advocate like Melinda and a roadmap to help them navigate these waters.
I’d absolutely love to talk and work with Melinda on these priorities: firstname.lastname@example.org