There’s no doubt that working moms are the backbones of their households, communities and the world.
Nationally, more than 70 percent of women with children under the age of 18 participate in the workforce.
In Missouri, more than 61 percent of married-couple households with children under 18 have both parents employed. Among Midwestern moms who work, 69 percent are their household’s primary breadwinner, 27 percent higher than the national average.
But as the number of breadwinning and working moms in the Show-Me State rises, Missouri still ranks as one of the worst states for working mothers, according to a recent study from WalletHub, a personal finance site. The study scored each state across three key dimensions: child care, professional opportunities and work-life balance. With a score of 40.73 out of a possible 100, Missouri ranked 38th out of the 50 states. In other words, Missouri has a long way to go to provide adequate accommodations to help ease the challenges working mothers face.
It’s because of these challenges that I am so excited about an event that the Missouri Business Alert team is hosting this Thursday.
The Working Moms Conference, co-hosted by The Hatchery and REDI, will give local working moms an opportunity to network with and hear from other moms who are making it work. The event will be an evening of insights, inspiration and connections — and did we mention the free wine, food and fabulous giveaways?
The evening will feature four working moms at various points in their careers:
- Kristen Brown, owner of Hoot Design Company
- Tammy Byington, Director of Parent Education Programming at First Chance for Children
- Dana Malstaff, founder of Boss Mom
- Dr. Arminta Phelps, owner of Achieve Balance Chiropractic
I hope you will register to attend, either in person or through our free livestream, and encourage others to do the same. Because after all, it takes a village.
The Working Moms Conference starts at 4 p.m. Thursday. I can’t wait to see you there!
Lorah Lackland is Missouri Business Alert’s director of marketing and the lead organizer of the Working Moms Conference.