by Lydia Dishman
Originally published: May 3, 2016
ennifer Gefsky is an accomplished professional. After graduating from law school, she was recruited by a New York firm and worked there for several years before becoming vice president and deputy general counsel for Major League Baseball. Her next career move was a bit of a challenge, though.
After the birth of her second child Gefsky felt as though she wasn't doing her best at being a lawyer or a mother so she left her job. Yet when she tried to get back in eight years later, Gefsky says: "In the eyes of corporate America, this highly capable lawyer with 12 years of legal experience, who worked on incredibly complicated matters for MLB, was perfect for. . . an entry-level job?"
Gefsky’s story may sound familiar to the hundreds of thousands of women who step off the career ladder for personal reasons (many of whom are mothers—but not all) and face a difficult and uncertain path to get back into the workforce. Nearly 75% of those who left their careers said they did so to take care of children, according to the most recent look at the numbers by the Center for Talent Innovation. Just under 90% said they wanted to return to their careers.