5 Famously Successful Women Who Took A Career Pause For Motherhood

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

One of the reasons I started Mother Untitled was because everywhere I looked there was inspiration for the women "doing it all" - committed to their careers while having gorgeous families.  But in real life as a new mother, I was meeting such smart women who, like me, were changing things around to create more flexibility in their careers to be more focused at home so I knew there were more complex, non-linear stories to be found.  We feature incredible mothers making choices and changes in our Another Mother, Her Way series but I thought these five household names would be a good reminder that life and careers are a long game.  

Alli Webb, Founder of DryBar

I got married, had kids and moved to LA from New York. My life for the next five years was as a stay-at-home mom and I was super happy doing that but after those five years I started to think ‘ok I gotta do something else’. I started to feel like my brain was drying up and I needed to get back out there. I loved being a stay at home mom but I missed being in the workforce.
I didn’t want to go back into the full salon so I started this mobile blow drying business where I was basically running around town charging my mommy friends $40 to style their hair and I called it ‘Straight at Home.’

Excerpt from Huffington Post

Julie Clark, Founder of Baby Einstein

Previously a high school English teacher, Julie Clark eventually resigned in order to become a full-time mother.  Upon giving birth, she desired to teach her baby all of the things she loved most -- including music and literature -- yet she realized that there was no product on the market that did just that. She thus began creating videos in her basement in her free time, editing the videos and recording the music herself.
By the end of this year-long project, Clark had invested $15,000 into the initiative, and decided to market it by sending to publications for reviews and meeting retailers at trade shows. 

Excerpt from Forbes

Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives

Pelosi earned her B.A. in political science from Trinity College in D.C. and interned for Maryland’s Senator Daniel Brewster, but she married the following year. An elected member of the Democratic National Committee since 1976, Pelosi didn’t actually run for office until her youngest child was about to graduate from high school.

Excerpt from Loving Your Child

Mila Kunis, Actress 

“I am proud to be a stay-at-home mom. I have no desire to be in front of the camera. I find her to be the most challenging job I’ve had. The amount of love that you have, the type of love that you have, changes, the way you look at the world changes… everything has changed, because of her."

Mila Kunis on stay at home motherhood. Excerpt from Brit & Co.

J.K. Rowling, Author of Harry Potter Series

“Years ago someone wrote [about me]: ‘She characterizes Molly Weasley as a mother who is only at home looking after the children.’ I was deeply offended, because I, until a year before that, had also been such a mother who was at home all the time taking care of her child. What has lesser status and is more difficult than raising a child? And what is more important?”

J.K. Rowling on stay at home motherhood.  Quoted on Mother Mag

These are the 5 women I admire for their ingenuity, talent and pride in motherhood, who would you add to the list?  xo


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