How Being a Mother Will Hurt Your Career Even When You Promise It Won't

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Answer by Teuila Hanson, Senior VP, HR and Diversity & Inclusion at Federal Reserve Bank San Francisco, on Quora.

Dealing with assumptions about who I am and what I'm capable of doing has been the most frustrating thing I have to deal with in my career.

Years ago when interviewing for a position with a global firm, I mentioned that I was a mom. In three subsequent interviews, it was explained that the position required heavy international travel, and I was asked if travel would be a concern for me.

It was clear that someone on the hiring team wondered if I would be able to travel as a mom of two young children. I told the hiring manager that I was under the impression that there were reservations about my ability to travel, and I assured him that didn't have any travel restrictions. I was offered and accepted the job - and within a few weeks I was asked to travel to the Middle East with twenty-four hours' notice. While I was there, it wasn't clear why I needed to be there in person; so I have since wondered whether it was some sort of test. Maybe or maybe not. I guess I passed it.

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