25% new moms give up career to raise kids: Survey

Saturday, May 09, 2015
A growing number of highly educated women in urban India are abandoning their professional lives to become full-time mothers as raising children while maintaining a serious career becomes complex, noted a just-concluded survey by ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation ahead of Mother`s Day.
The Social Development Foundation of The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) had interacted with about 400 new moms i.e. about 40 each in 10 cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai in the age group of 25-30 years to know about their employment decisions post-motherhood. The survey was conducted during March-April this year.
“About one-fourth of the total women who recently had their first child said they quit their job to raise kids,” highlighted the ASSOCHAM survey.
But most of these even said they plan to shift their focus back on career after their kids start going to school.
“However, many of those willing to pursue their career again after a few years of motherhood said they do not want to return to the same job due to fear of discrimination,” highlighted the ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation survey.
Majority of the respondents were highly qualified with most of them holding Master`s Degree in various fields but cited conflict of priorities as the primary reason for them quitting their jobs.
"In nuclear families married women have a tough time balancing work and childcare especially if they do not get help from others," said Mr D.S. Rawat, secretary general of ASSOCHAM while releasing the findings of the chamber`s survey.
“Stress and emotional distress associated with issues of life together with household chores, social commitments and other obligations make raising kids a delicate balancing act for women which tends to take a toll on their career ambitions,” said Mr Rawat.
Many of the respondents said they do not want to miss out on their` kids` growing up moments as such they have opted to work from home as this way they are able to do justice with both, further highlighted the ASSOCHAM survey.
About 25-30 per cent respondents from Ahmedabad, Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow and Kolkata each said they have quit their jobs after their first child was born, the survey pointed out.
However, about 15-20 per cent respondents in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore and Mumbai said they had decided to abandon their career to look after their wards.
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