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Women make up roughly half of the workforce but a far smaller percentage of the executive roles in American companies and they still earn 80 percent of what men earn for equivalent work. Adding to the gender gap, employers can find it hard to retain female employees, even among top talent, after women start families.

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Many women choose to leave the workforce after having a child and the number of stay-at-home mothers is on the rise after decades of decline. The decision to stay home and raise a family is a personal one but it can have professional implications when a parent chooses to return to a career. This can include a cut in salary and a downgraded position after years spent away from the workforce.