The Epic Apology To Working Moms That Became Fortune’s 2015 Most Popular Article
Over the past year PowerToFly has advocated for changing the way women work. And with two working mom, co-founders, it’s no secret that we also have a soft spot for women who juggle careers and kids. This is part of our make-up. It’s actually something that our co-founder and president, Katharine Zaleski, wrote pretty candidly about in Fortune earlier this year, in what turned out to be their most popular article of 2015.
Fortune Editor Alan Murray recently shared the news in a tweet:
Katharine’s commentary opens honestly, with her admitting to being embarrassed as she recalls her first meeting with Cathy Sharick, Time.com’s then managing editor.
“Once I took a seat and surveyed the endless photos of her small children spread across the airy space, I decided this editor was too much of a mother to follow up on the idea. I still went through with my proposal, but I walked out sure I would never talk to her again. She wasn’t the first and only mother whose work ethic I silently slandered.”
Katharine cited multiple examples of how she contributed to a toxic work environment for the working moms that she encountered.
“I didn’t disagree when another female editor said we should hurry up and fire another woman before she ‘got pregnant,’” she wrote. “For mothers in the workplace, it’s death by a thousand cuts — and sometimes it’s other women holding the knives. I didn’t realize this — or how horrible I’d been — until five years later, when I gave birth to a daughter of my own. “
Thankfully, in a twist of fate, Katharine did speak to Cathy again. In fact, she’s now the Executive Editor at PowerToFly.
“…I’m sorry to all the mothers I used to work with… [Cathy] has taught me a lot about how to be more productive than I was before motherhood. I’m now looking for more Cathys to join PowerToFly because I know they can manage households, multiple schedules and very high business goals.”
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For the boss you loved, the coworker you hated, and everyone in between
Two things are inevitable when someone leaves your team at work: there will be an abundance of sweet treats (I'm partial to those giant cookie cakes from the mall) and there will be a card passed around for everyone to scrawl the professional version of sweet nothings in. Depending on the "importance" of the person, you may get the bonus activities of farewell gifts and/or an all-team champagne toast.
If you are a New York based tech professional and you'd like to attend this event, please email your name and LinkedIn URL to email@example.com.
Whether you are a software engineer, fitness enthusiast or both, you won't want to miss PowerToFly's evening of product demos and networking with the women tech leaders and allies at Peloton.
Founded in 2012, Peloton brought top talent together in its Silicon Alley headquarters to create a new concept in fitness. In their words, "We loved cycling but had a hard time finding a workout that consistently fit our schedules, and our at-home workouts never felt quite up to par. So, we set out to create a world-class indoor cycling studio experience on your time, and in the comfort of your own home."
This event is your chance to hear directly from the women tech leaders and allies who make their revolutionary products like the Peloton Bike, Peloton Tread and Peloton App possible. We'll be devoting a large portion of the event to taking your questions and I know the Peloton team wants to hear from you!
The unique evening will take place on Wednesday, February 12th from 6pm to 8:30pm at 125 W 25th Street.