It's a good thing you don't have children yet as that would work well in venture/start up world
Would I really have the time needed for the job and could I work as hard as the other two partners I'd be joining "given that you are a mom with a young child."
I was asked during fundraising meetings "how do we know you're not going to run off and have a baby."
Once I was asked about my religion and my views on abortion. On another occasion I was asked about how I would take care of my child while working.
The women at my firm didn't talk nearly as much about their families as the men did. We felt the need to appear more professional and "all about business".
In one review session, one male partner said of a female employee "we don't have to worry about her bonus or promotion because she just got married. So she'll probably have a baby and quit soon"
I told my direct supervisor that I needed to take some short -term medical leave in order to have fertility treatment. His response was that he wanted to make sure I understood that having a 2nd child would be a career-limiting move.
Missed a bonus round for an entire year's work as I was out in December when it was assessed
I just think there are few women with families in VC so I feel like an anomaly
I pulled myself from the fast track.
While I was on maternity leave, a colleague tried to poach my team. I returned to a team that was distressed because they felt unprotected during my maternity leave during a particularly political time at our company (just post-IPO). In talking to other female execs, I think there is generally a concern that absence opens up teams and roles for poaching, which is unacceptable practice.
I had 2 kids 20 months apart. When I told my boss about the second pregnancy, his response was-"OMG! Didn’t you just have a baby?" BTW, he had 3 kids. When I returned from my 2nd mat leave, the mood was different, and there was little effort to include me in the flow of things. I was no longer part of the discussion on the cool big game-changer project, and my boss was complaining about how little my team had accomplished that summer. I had to remind him repeatedly that I hadn’t been around, and there was no backfill, so how could anything have been done?
I'm single but wear a wedding ring because I was tired of explaining why I wasn't married.
I don't keep photos of my kids on my desk any more
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