A highlight from Mothers Day Special with Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code and leader, the Marshall Plan for Moms


Everybody's life on zoom screen. You see my son interrupt me one hundred times you see my bedroom work and i think in the beginning of us were turning our video a muting the sound because we knew intellectually that we are going to pay the cost of you seeing are mothering. I'm carly's sagan. I'm danielle weisberg welcomed to skin from the couch. This podcast is where we go deep on career advice from women who have lifted from the good stuff like hiring and growing team to the rough stuff. Like negotiating your salary and giving or getting hard feedback. We started the skin from a couch. So what better place to talk it. All out than where it began on a couch. Welcome to our mother's day episode of skimmed from the couch. Our guest today is rush. Mr johnny she is the founder of girls who code and today. We're going to talk about working moms over the past year. We have seen just how devastating this pandemic has been for women who are losing their jobs dropping out of the labor force at alarming numbers. Reshma has proposed a marshall plan for moms to get women back to work to create sustainable solutions for working women in the future inc. You so much for coming back on the couch with us today. This is actually second time on the show. I i think that's the first time we've ever had anyone twice a lot of a lot of history happening by really really excited to dig in here excited to be here. I love everything you're doing enough. Silk set a chat with you you while first of all as we can set up here just now we just spent ten minutes both like location setting up our zoom changing headphones. Changing voice note record. How are you like. How is this year ben for you. You know. it's been rough right. It's been rough. And i think we're this strange now where you know. There's a shift. But i think everybody i know feels really off and having a hard time like readjusting to whatever that new normal is and i've been like meditating on it and i think for me it's just i don't feel as motivated as i felt before i need an adrenaline rush. I think working with my kids under my feet. I feel like i just need to be at in a space place rachel constantly have sensory overload. Because that's really what i'm struggling with. Yeah and also you mentioned your kids as we were setting up here. I feel like we've all lost sense of time but it feels like at least for me you'd like just had your youngest child honestly of you told me he was three months old. It'd be like yeah just had him but you just informed me. He's now fourteen months old which is basically as long as we've been home however your two kids adjusted differently. Because you have your oldest is five right. Yeah so let. My oldest is six now turn six just recently and you know we've had like two days of in person school sometimes one sometimes none. So he's been on zoom school for most like his for all of his kindergarten and that has been rough. He's loved it because he's a little bit of an introvert and so the idea of being able to do school in his pajamas. Go downstairs and get his off in. Have like mommy and daddy. Everywhere is amazing in socks for us. I think my littlest one who is now. Fourteen months this is all he's known and so you know he never got to be passed around from human to human last week. I took them to music class in the park. Yameen for like the first time. He's got no fred's by the time. Sean was fourteen months old whole crew in the neighborhood. You size got nothing. So i think it's been a really really really strange year but i do believe that children are resilient so i think i'm having a harder time quite frankly than either one of them are your kerr's been really marked by how you looked solve the gender gap in tech. But now you're really looking to approve the gender gap for working parents. I want you to sort of set the stage for us. What have you been observing nationally. Anecdotally that has led you to take this on. Yeah so. I think i'd be doing this or fighting or building this movement. When i started twenty twenty. I had just had a newborn baby united bbva surrogate so. I was really looking forward to my maternity leave. Sweat can actually bond with my son and the organization. Prosecco was in a place. Where i might. You know my trust. it's ben. Coo was going to take it on.

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