How To Retain More Women In The Workforce

Addie Swartz is CEO of reacHIRE, a provider of cohort-based return-to-work programs and the Aurora digital platform for early-career women.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing has once again focused a light on the challenges we have overcome in breaking down gender barriers in America, and the work still left to be done. Ginsburg famously said that “real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” For generations, we’ve referred to a step-forward in a person’s career as climbing a corporate ladder, but ladders come with warnings right on them: “Never carry an object or load that could cause you to lose your balance.” When women in particular are forced to climb to the next level of their career, aren’t they being asked to do exactly what the warnings tell us not to do? Women are often climbing while “carrying” other responsibilities, like caring for children or loved

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