The gender pay gap is more complicated than many people believe. We spoke to women across industries about their experiences, and whether we’ll really have to wait another lifetime for change. This story is part of Fast Company‘s Gender Pay Gap package “Short Changed.” In honor of Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day of the year when women’s pay has finally matched the previous year’s pay for men, we are exploring elements of pay inequality though the personal stories of women across industries and career stages.

Fast Company assistant editor Anisa Purbasari Horton spoke to Rita Kakati Shah, who quit her job at a pharmaceutical company when they didn’t offer her paid leave. Shah found it impossible to find a job after taking time off to care for her children. Her struggle inspired her to start her own business to help other moms returning to work.

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