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'Motherhood penalty' hits careers

Women's careers take a nosedive after having children because of a "motherhood penalty", according to a new report.

A survey of 1,300 women who use parenting website Mumsnet revealed that six out of 10 believed having children had a negative effect on their career.

More than nine out of 10 agreed there was a motherhood penalty, with almost a fifth describing it as a "huge problem."

Three out of five said having children did not have any impact on their partner's career.

Justine Roberts, chief executive of Mumsnet, said: " In 2015, we're still seeing most mothers - but relatively few fathers - suffer professionally when they have children.

"It's a multi-faceted problem, but one way forward is for women to vote with their feet, and take their skills and experience to forward-thinking employers."

The report was published to mark a new Mumsnet website dedicated to women and work.

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