How To Identify Pregnancy Bias At Work (And What To Do About It)

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Pregnancy Bias Is Illegal, But Many Working Women Experience It



  1. Mothers are perceived to be 12.1 percentage points less committed to their jobs than non-mothers, while fathers are perceived to be 5 percentage points more committed to their jobs than non-fathers.
  2. Female applicants who appear not to be mothers are twice as likely to get an interview compared to female applicants who appear to have children.
  3. 69% of working adults believe mothers in the workplace are more likely to be passed up for a new job than other employees.
  4. 60% of working adults believe career opportunities are given to less qualified employees instead of working moms who may have more skills.
  5. Women face a 4% drop in wages for every child they have, whereas men receive a 6% wage increase for having children.
  6. The aggregate wage gap between working mothers and fathers in the US is $18,000 per year. It’s even wider for mothers of color.
  7. The average Latina working mother misses out on $35,000 annually and $1.4 million over her lifetime as a result of the pay gap.

Data is especially valuable in making sense of workplace dynamics when directly asking people to explain their behavior could put your job, professional goals, and economic security at risk.

  • Hiring
  • Firing
  • Pay
  • Job assignments
  • Promotions
  • Layoffs
  • Training
  • Fringe benefits such as leave and health insurance
  • And any other term or condition of employment



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Katica Roy

Katica Roy


CEO of Pipeline Equity | Gender Economist | Award-Winning Leader | On a mission to achieve gender equity, once and for all.