Katherine Goldstein found our she was pregnant as she was trying to launch a podcast about how mothers experience bias and discrimination in the workplace—making the issue front and center in her life. Yet she experienced trauma and blowback despite the knowledge. Today we still force women to wrap their miscarriage and fertility traumas into a bow—“But now I have a baby, so it’s all okay”—to make it palatable to the public. Award-winning journalist and podcast creator Katherine Goldstein goes deep with us on so many of the most pressing topics for working mothers and holds nothing back. Between her research, the data, her own experience, and her reported experience of hundreds of moms, Katherine is waging war against cultural forces holding mothers back from being their fullest, most ambitious, most rage-filled selves.
Reina began life as a Social Worker and side hustler with an entrepreneurial spirit. Quickly after giving birth to her first child, she realized that her time and energy were too precious to spend on work that was not aligned with her heart and soul. After founding her thriving business, Reina and her partner decided to have another child only to be diagnosed with unexplained secondary infertility. After years on that journey, we speak to her now, on the precipice of delivering her second child and preparing her business for her maternity leave.
Why is the United States the only developed nation without any guaranteed family leave? How did we fall so far behind Europe, Canada, and South America? And who is suffering the brunt of the impact from this lack of policy?
Childcare can feel really overwhelming, especially when you have little babies and you’re trying to figure out how to go back to work. With my first kid, we used in-home daycares. With my second, we hired a nanny. Here’s everything two mamas learned about how to hire a nanny by doing it ourselves (a lot).
Does it ever feel like the universe is conspiring against you? Well, maybe it’s just that you’re getting shoved in the direction of learning something new, but you haven’t figured out what it is yet. If you’ve had a case of “The February’s,” listen in, because we have, too.
If you’ve taken a career break to raise kids, going back to work can feel challenging. How do you prepare yourself emotionally for the transition?