Conversation: About-Face

What happens when stay-at-home moms head back to work?

Some stay-at-home mothers plan to return to work when their children reach a certain age. Others are thrust into the workplace by financial need. For Going Back to Work: A Survival Guide for Comeback Moms, authors Mary Quigley and Loretta Kaufman surveyed 1,000 women about the transition from mom to wage earner. TIME spoke with them about their findings:

Is there bias against hiring women who have been out of the work force for many years? QUIGLEY: Absolutely. Potential employers are afraid that they won't show up, that if they have a child-care crisis or illness, they won't come into work,...

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