Women & Work: Why We Need a Marshall Plan for Moms

Moms have hit a breaking point and the numbers are startling: 9.8 million cases of burnout among working moms, 2.2 million women have left the workforce since February, and the percentage of American women working the lowest it has been in 32 years. While this is a crisis brought on by the pandemic, it is an old, familiar problem, too: 43% of women leave their careers within one year of having a baby. Why? Moms have been undervalued by society for years, and left out of critical policy agendas to drive meaningful change in society. Top employers have led the way in filling these gaps, with the Best Workplaces for Parents creating blueprints for businesses to best support and retain moms in the workforce. But there needs to be more. As policymakers set their agendas in Washington, hear from two female founder-CEOs and mothers—Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, and Kate Ryder, Founder and CEO of leading women’s and family health company Maven Clinic—as they make the business case for supporting moms once and for all. 

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This session is hosted by the From Day One editorial team and moderated by Lydia Dishman, contributing editor at Fast Company, with support from Maven.


Kate Ryder


Reshma Saujani

Girls Who Code

Lydia Dishman

Fast Company