Kakati Shah was experiencing the “mommy tax.” Eventually, she turned her frustrations into starting Uma–a business that helps mothers transition back into the workforce.

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Rita Kakati Shah was thinking about coming back to work after three and a half years of raising her two children full-time. She had 15 years of professional experience in the finance and pharmaceutical industries–including a 10-year stint at Goldman Sachs. But when she started reaching out to her professional contacts, she was surprised to find the hostility that came her way. “Nobody–not once–asked me about my background and my credentials. Everyone was so focused on the gap on my résumé. The fact that I chose to take a career gap to raise my family translated to me being a quitter in a lot of people’s eyes,” Shah told Fast Company.

Shah was experiencing the “mommy tax.” Eventually, she turned her frustrations into starting Uma–a business that helps mothers transition back into the workforce. She recently shared her story with Fast Company as part of our gender pay gap package, “Short Changed.”

—Anisa Purbasari Horton

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