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Clarity in Conversation for Women’s History Month: Co-Founders of Mirza on the “Motherhood Penalty” and How Tech can Help Close the Gender Pay Gap

Throughout Women’s History Month, Clarity’s team has been sitting down with female leaders in tech, finance, PR and beyond to discuss with them their career journeys, experiences within their industry, views on progress for women in the workplace, and the work that we still have yet to do. In our latest post, Vice President, Christine Reilly sat down with Siran Cao and Mel Faxon, co-founders of Mirza, a startup focused on helping close the gender pay gap, providing tools and community to parents understand and budget for the costs that often prevent women from returning to the workforce and participating fully postpartum. 


In the interview, Siran and Mel discuss the “motherhood penalty” and why it exists in the first place, how technology can help eliminate the pay gap by providing financial tools that enable parents to make more informed decisions, why thinking about childcare as a financial investment is a useful tool, and their own journeys to becoming not just female entrepreneurs, but founding a purpose-driven company like Mirza specifically. We close with asking their opinions on what the future for working women and mothers is today. You won’t want to miss what they have to say! 


Watch the full interview here:

More about Mirza:

We’re on a mission to close the gender pay gap. We’re here to help parents understand and budget for the costs that often prevent women from returning to the workforce and participating fully postpartum. And it’s not just up to individual women: we’re here to help everyone navigate parental leave policies and work with their employers.  

We see a world in which women no longer have to choose between motherhood and career. We know progress is incremental. We’re tackling financial and professional empowerment on an individual and employer level first, and we believe our data will power policy change. 


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