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Why women are afraid to tell employers they’re pregnant

Why women are afraid to tell employers they’re pregnant
The Washington Post
By Danielle Paquette
Published: April 21, 2015
>> Why women are afraid to tell employers they’re pregnant

When Laura Little was eight months pregnant, she woke at 3 a.m. to grade papers. She taught two management classes at Oklahoma State University while finishing her doctoral degree in organizational behavior. She wanted her colleagues to know, "I'm serious. Ignore the big belly."

And she wondered: Why do I feel compelled to overcompensate?

Little, 40, now director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement at the University of Georgia, began researching this exact issue - the need to control one's image for job security. And in a study to be published next week in the Academy of Management Journal, she and other researchers found it's prevalent-and damaging-among expectant mothers.

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