We cannot afford to pretend that this bias towards mothers and other child caregivers does not exist in the legal profession, or that it is solely a Big Law problem. The data show that mothers, in particular, face biases and challenges in all types of roles.
Among full-time, year-round workers, mothers are typically paid 74 cents for every dollar paid to fathers. This means the wage gap typically robs mothers working full time, year-round of $1,500 a month or $18,000 a year.
American mothers typically earn less than childless women, while fathers earn just as much as childless men. The “motherhood penalty” has been documented for years, and it’s the primary reason for the overall gender gap in earnings between men and women.