May 10, 2024 - Economy

A shoutout to working moms everywhere

Illustration of a mom tulip hugging a kid tulip bud.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Regardless of your relationship to the Mother's Day holiday, I think we can all appreciate working mothers.

The big picture: As our Markets colleague Emily Peck has reported, more mothers are working than ever before.

  • And the percentage of women who recently gave birth and remained part of the workforce reached a decade-plus high-water mark last year, new census data shows, per Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick and Kavya Beheraj.

What they're saying: "In our society ... it takes so little to be considered a great dad and it also takes so little to be considered a sh---y mom," Ali Wong joked in her first Netflix standup special where she was seven months pregnant.

  • "[My husband's] the hero for playing Candy Crush while I get my blood drawn. Meanwhile, if I do mushrooms seven months pregnant, I'm a bad mommy!"

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