Last month, social media channels lit up on April 12th in the name of Equal Pay Day, and in the process shed light on the fact that today, women still earn only 79 cents for each dollar paid to men. What this crucial dollar for dollar discussion couldn’t address is the quality of work available to all women, in particular working mothers. A recent WWD study found that jobs in the financial field have the highest pay while retail and apparel roles have the lowest. However, salary isn’t the only way to judge a career, especially as your life becomes increasingly complicated.
This got us thinking about a less-discussed group of women once Mother’s Day rolls around: single working mothers. The beauty industry has traditionally been a place where women can juggle their hours around kids and on occasion establish their own businesses. Over the years we’ve encountered several women who have carved out successful beauty-related careers that allow for some personal flexibility but more significantly, personal autonomy when it comes to raising their families solo. With Mother’s Day on our minds, we spoke with four single moms to talk unique challenges and successes.
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