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Television Industry Tough on Working Moms, UK Study Finds

March 16, 2010

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="277" caption="Image: Gawker"]Image: Gawker[/caption] Come to find out, it's hard being a working mom in the television industry, a recent UK survey reveals. The Guardian reports that 81% of the 179 television workers surveyed advised that women establish themselves in the industry before taking a career break to have children, and 55% said it was difficult to get back into television after a career break to have children. Although a majority – 58% – say that women are now afforded the same professional opportunities as men, 69% said they believe men get paid more than women, and that it is very hard to progress up the career ladder. Some women are lucky enough to have the financial means to continue in the industry after having children, one respondent said, but can only push through as long as they "stick to the traditionally female roles." ...I'm not sure how to reconcile reports of equal opportunity with "traditional female roles." Thoughts?  Anybody?