“The women forced to ‘choose’ self-employment”

Originally posted in our January 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter.

An essential subset of self-employed people is the group of working mothers who were, mid-pandemic, essentially forced into it. For working mothers, there was the choice between providing care or maintaining their income. For many, losing their income was not a viable option.

“Ultimately, while self-employment offers benefits to women who found traditional employment unsustainable, asking women to work – even if it’s for themselves – and simultaneously parent still leaves mothers unable to reach their full working potential.”

So, as we consider the benefits of self-employment for single people or parents who are not the primary caregivers in their household, we must also consider the motivations and necessities of self-employed mothers. What can we do to improve the situation or reframe the narrative?

Consider the choices