Last month, news broke that international consulting giant McKinsey & Co. is recruiting moms back from stay-at-home status.
In a Wall Street Journal Web video, reporter Leslie Kwoh said, “From what we understand, this is really an effort for them to get back some of the talent that they lost … as women left to become mothers.”
Sadly, the hopeful-triumphant gleam in Kwoh’s eyes was all too familiar.
I say sadly, because it’s been 20 years since I’ve been reporting such hopeful developments for working mothers. I interviewed the originator of the “mommy track” idea, Felice Schwartz, back in 1993. Sadly, we are still having the same discussions. And, sadly, we’ve learned very little. (more…)