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5 Companies That Are Helping Women Lean In On Their Own Terms

Having a kid is disruptive for everyone involved, but be honest: Your wife has it worse. In addition to the whole “pushing a small human out of her body” thing, she runs the very real possibility of having her career derailed to some extent. The decision women are forced to make between their jobs and their babies is one of the more insidious effects of this country’s miserable family leave policy, which is precisely why these 5 businesses exist. Because a woman who chooses the latter over the former represents a golden opportunity for another company — one that sees flexible schedules, short term contracts, and project-based work as the perfect way to secure the kind of talent they need. Like your wife.

Emissaries
Emissaries is a service that helps companies find freelancers that are ready to temporarily step into roles vacated by parents on family leave. They have more than 400 freelancers in their network to support industries across the board (sales, legal, creative, scientific, etc.). It’s great for women looking to line up consistent, temporary gigs, and even better PR for the companies that hire them. Look at all this progressive work-life balancing happening over here!
Emissaries


Power To Fly
PTF hooks women up with companies that specifically rely on a flexible, hybrid workforce — if you and the missus have been thinking about knocking off to Europe for a year, PTF can find the company willing to let her work remotely. It’s mainly in the tech sector for now, but if coding or development aren’t your spouse’s strong suits, the company is expanding, so it’s worth the minute it takes to setup a profile. As soon as she’s done looking at Airbnb’s in Paris.
Power To Fly

The Second Shift
The Second Shift is a recruitment that lets new mothers can pitch themselves, and their portfolio, to get connected with freelance job opportunities. The service handles the paperwork and pay directly. That means there will be no premature take-kid-to-work day when she’s forced to pound on someone’s desk to get her check. Unless she’s trying to send Accounts Payable a message by letting your baby poop on their rug.
The Second Shift

Inkwell
Inkwell fills the employment gaps of women on leave with women not on leave. Their focus is on non-profits, startups, and mid-sized businesses looking for temporary talent. Plus they periodically put on events for members and give 5 percent of their proceeds to girls’ educational initiatives worldwide. Help them help girls help your wife, who helps your family.
Inkwell

Prokanga
Once they go through a vetting process, your wife can enter this network of well-educated, high-achievers that are delivered work on a silver platter. If they have some senior experience working for top-tier companies or come from elite academia, Prokanga is probably the right place to start the search. Just don’t call her a Prokanga in the bedroom. Total mood killer.
Prokanga