As if working moms don’t have enough to worry about — taking care of our families, homes and jobs — we also have to be concerned about how we look. And I don’t mean in a vain, “I want to look my best” way. I mean, we have to worry about looking good to get the edge on a new job or promotion.
In this new depressing-but-true Forbes article, the hard truth stares back at you in the mirror:
Women who advance most at work, studies agree, are more attractive, thinner, taller and have a more youthful appearance than their female colleagues who are promoted less often. …(T)here is a statistically significant “wage penalty” for overweight and obese white women. … The obese take a bigger hit, with a wage loss of 12%.
Damn it all, people. I just popped out a baby last summer and haven’t yet shedded that extra weight. I better get on the stick, or I might not get good-paying jobs!
Seriously, I hate that you have to bleach your teeth, fix your hair, wear flattering makeup and clothes to be considered “worthy” of the extra bucks. (Forbes helpfully offers tips to “look your best at work,” if you think you need it.) But apparently, you do. Bleh. Happy Monday!