My husband and I would love to be parents someday, but that someday is hard to prepare for when you are a solo entrepreneur. In Colorado, self-employed women like me who want to be moms don’t have many options. Often we have to depend on a high-earning partner, our family’s emergency savings, or we have go back to work right after giving birth.
The arrival of a child should be a joyous time - not a financial emergency. And women certainly shouldn’t have to marry rich to start a family. Nor should we be required by economics to go back to work as soon as we leave the hospital, when our bodies are still healing.
Unfortunately, women who work for themselves are forced to make these difficult decisions all the time–in part because Colorado has yet to pass a paid family and medical leave program. And after much discussion this year, that idea was dropped in favor of a study bill.
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