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Parental Status and Career Outcomes

March 25, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


This session will provide participants will an overview of current research evidence on how becoming a parent influences one’s work experiences and career outcomes, focusing particularly on the gendered nature of this process. Unique challenges faced by parents during the COVID-19 pandemic will also be discussed. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the complexities of encouraging equality of the sexes at work in the face of persistent societal stereotypes of mothers and fathers. Topics to be covered include:

– Evidence on the “motherhood penalty” and the “fatherhood bonus” with regard to career outcomes and others’ perceptions of work commitment

– Unique difficulties faced by mothers, including higher expectations for childrearing, pregnancy discrimination, challenges with breastfeeding, navigating “mom shame” versus “career shame,” and being held to stricter performance standards after becoming a parent

– Unique difficulties faced by fathers, particularly the flexibility stigma and shaming that occurs when fathers prioritize childrearing activities

– Parental leave policies and some of their unintended negative effects (e.g., amplification of gender discrimination); policy trends and implications for organizations

Opportunities for Q&A will be provided after the talk.

Please RSVP to Elizabeth Polnicky to receive Zoom link



March 25, 2021
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6 Canada


Elizabeth Polnicky