New Orleans resident Diana Whipple stands on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches New Orleans, Louisiana, August 28, 2012.
New Orleans resident Diana Whipple stands on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches New Orleans, Louisiana, August 28, 2012.

Many are familiar with the challenges faced by working moms, but the troubles of women with aging parents are unseen and widely ignored.

The Atlantic contributor Liz O'Donnell notes that 44 million unpaid eldercare providers--the majority of whom are women--get few support programs as they struggle both at work and at home. O'Donnell reports that, infact, a study from MetLife and the National Alliance for Caregiving calculates that women lose an average $324,044 in compensation--not to mention job insecurity and loss of benefits--due to caregiving. She writes:

This impact to a woman’s career is significant. Caregiving tends to hit women in their mid-40s, just around the time their earning potential starts to wane and dangerously close to the age when they may not be able to reenter the workforce if they leave.

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