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Did Becoming a Mom Affect Your Career?

Nobody forgot blond bombshell Gwyneth Paltrow, but when the Oscar winner swapped Hollywood for motherhood — she didn't look back. According to People, the starlet said:

"I really did not know if there would be a place for me," said Paltrow. "Jodie Foster was right, especially if you are a woman and especially if you are not 25. Hollywood is pretty cutthroat, and everybody has a short memory. There is always someone who is younger or hotter or prettier."

And, Tinseltown isn't the only place with a short memory. Most working moms deal with this issue. While they aren't competing with Scarlett Johansson, they are up against coworkers who stay at the office late, arrive early and don't have dependents. Running off to your daughter's recital, son's soccer game or getting caught in carpool doesn't exactly garner boardroom kudos in business environments. Even going on maternity leave can take its toll on a career. To read what happened to one woman,


One woman I know was promised a promotion only to be told, "We can't help you until you've had your baby" after announcing she was pregnant. While Gwyneth made a conscious choice to abandon the red carpet to raise Apple, 4 and Moses, 2, many working moms don't have that financial security. Relying on the income, the mamas are forced to climb back up the corporate ladder once they return.

Has motherhood led to setbacks in your career?


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