Should a Women have to choose between bringing life to a child and work?

by AJ on October 28, 2016 - 4:05pm

Many women who are pregnant or wish to become pregnant face discrimination in the workplace. Whether it be a woman who is already pregnant and seeking to find a job, or a women who already has a job and wants to become pregnant, discrimination may occur. For a woman who is pregnant and looking for a job, an employer may deny employment to the pregnant women, although this is illegal it does happen in many cases. This kind of discrimination, of an employer denying a job to a perfectly qualified pregnant women, is very hard to determine because, the employer may act as if there is another reason when it is clear that the reason is the pregnancy.
A woman who is already employed but wishes to become pregnant may fear discrimination at their workplace. This is because many women are pushed out of their work place, made uncomfortable, denied promotions, forbid to continue working, etc. when the employer finds out the employee is pregnant. Although all of these examples of discrimination are illegal, many employers find ways around the law by giving other reasons and excuses. I feel that pregnancy discrimination in the workplace needs to be better observed with more importance to the employer. This article may help you to get a better understanding on pregnancy discrimination in the work environment:


What you have said is scary truth. Although nowadays the government is trying to work on a better system for these mothers. I believe so far their are extended maternity leave, and some places are opening childcare/ daycare at jobs to help with theses issues.So it may still seem like a struggle, but they are working on trying to improve it.

The post you’ve written is very effective in demonstrating the fact that many employers find a way to avoid hiring women. Some can argue that the reason women are pushed out of the public sphere is due to the fact that we still live in a patriarchal world where women are still bound to the private sphere, where their sole job is to be a caregiver. The phenomenon that you explained is a major contributor to the existing gender wage gap, a calculation that shows the difference in earnings between women and men in the work place. Like you mentioned, employers are hesitant about hiring women because they are concerned about the mommy track, which is the diminishing opportunities women have in the workplace after giving birth. However, even when employers do hire women, they eventually become blocked by the glass ceiling which is an invisible barrier stopping minorities and women from climbing the corporate ladder. Women essentially become stuck in the same position at work due to the fact that they are the sole gender that can give birth. The laws you mentioned are called “equal pay laws” and “pay equity laws”. These laws were placed so that women and men earn equal pay for equal jobs and jobs that are female dominated and male dominated are equally payed if they require roughly the same skills. Here is a link that further explains these laws in greater detail:

Although unfortunate, this post really speaks the truth and brings important issues to our attention. I completely agree with the idea that pregnancy can lead to discrimination in the workplace and I believe that this really tells us something about gender roles in our society. Despite the evolution of the feminist movement in the last couple years, sexism is still alive and well. In order to back up your opinions on this topic, I believe there are key concepts you can discuss such as: “the Glass Ceiling” or, “the Mommy Track.” These two terms are very useful in our understanding of such discrimination. The Glass Ceiling refers to the idea that that there is an invisible barrier preventing women from climbing up the corporate ladder due to factors such as their sex and unreliability. Since many women get pregnant while working, they are seen to be unreliable and therefore, are put on the “Mommy Track.” Once they have children, they begin to face discrimination as well as a decline in opportunities within the work place: women are basically forced to choose between their child or their job. What this does then, is lead us to the reason behind the Gender Wage Gap. Since we have been socialized to believe it is the woman’s job to attend to their children as often as possible, women are forced to choose lower paying jobs that require less of their time, which results in an overall difference of the salaries of men compared to women. (Check out for a more in depth explanation of these terms.) All in all, I believe that it is extremely unfair to subject women to this type of treatment and as many feminists have argued, it is time fix this problem with solutions such as more flexible hours and better child care options.

Your words speak the truth, although how unfortunate it may be for women. Your post about women’s employment issues states that there is clearly a major discrimination going on and how they find a way to avoid employing women due to their social construct. Both men and women have equal rights, and equal rights means equal pay. Their pregnancy shouldn’t affect their pay rights. The government may be taking measure on this issue, but launching the equal pay law in the 20th century didn’t seem to have any effects what so ever, so what more can they do? Especially when we may still consider ourselves a patriarchal world, and a women’s only job is to be a caregiver. Your post also unconsciously seems to be referring to the Mommy Track. This refers the diminishing opportunities all women face after giving birth to a child. Further research on this can enhance your research and your knowledge on the discrimination of women ( summarize, the discrimination of women is truly a saddening topic to talk about, especially when women can also contribute tremendously.

This subject is a very touchy one for me seeing that I am a mom of five children. One area I have found throughout the years is that my husbands job has been less than nice about him leaving to pick up a sick child from school or having to stay home because of this. I have had the opposite experience when I have the same situation happen. So I took on the role of stay home or leave if my children we're ill. Is this because society feels that this is the mothers place? It is hard enough to put our children in day care or with a sitter, and then to feel even worse about it by others for doing it. In some cases woman have no option they have to work and then give half their pay check for their child care fees. I agree that there is a lot of issues that need to be fixed.