Recession Forces Stay-at-Home Moms Back to Work

September 20, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A recent New York Times article finds evidence of a growing trend of educated stay-at-home moms returning to the work force, as the recession take its toll on family incomes. Most of the people losing jobs are men, which puts pressure on women to dust off their decade-old resumes and return to work outside the home.

The recession has not only resulted in lay offs, but has also caused families to suffer steep losses in investments, pension plans and severe plunges in home values. Families realize how vulnerable they are in a recession, while trying to survive on only one income.

Although not just professional women are being forced back to work, the fact that the once privileged few, who could afford the luxury of staying home with their children, are now forced to return to work, shows how deep the recession truly is.

The trend of female professionals returning to the workforce is backed up by anecdotal evidence, as well as recent data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the NY Times the data shows:

“When it comes to women with a college education who are 25 to 44 years old and living with a spouse, the proportion of those working or looking for work increased to 78.4 percent in the first half of 2009, from 76 percent in the first half of 2007.” “Over the same period, the proportion of men of the same age and circumstance inched down, falling from 97.4 percent to 97.1 percent.”

As the recession lingers, more women are expected to leave the home and return to the workforce. Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founder of the Center for Work-Life Policy in New York noted, “Women are at a watershed moment.”


4 Responses to “Recession Forces Stay-at-Home Moms Back to Work”

  1. Tamra on September 21st, 2009 11:34 am

    One highly sought after compromise for educated women looking to return to work and still be engaged with the family is to find a job that allows for telecommuting or flex-time. Modern technology has made these type of arrangements not only possible, but very attractive to both women and employers. Women can balance their work and family life, while employers can reduce office space and equipment costs. And we all save on greenhouse gases. It’s a win/win/win all the way around.

    Flexible Work for Professional Women

  2. Lilly on September 25th, 2009 9:07 am

    This recession truly represents a chance for women to change the stats. When women hit the workforce during WWI, it created a magnificent, lasting change in workforce demographics. A return of stay-at-home moms to the workplace is an asset to every company who hires them and to our economy, as stay-at-home moms (yes, I was one) are significantly adept at prioritizing, organizing and multitasking to a much greater degree than other workers. It’s like hiring 2 workers for the price of one. And I would argue that their efficiency and capability advances exponentially with the more kids they have!

    For those moms looking to get back in the workforce, choice now abounds, whether to join a corporate entity, work from home, or to start their own business… there’s never been a better time.

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