Just to highlight how awful things are for mothers in the US, I came across this post by Katrina at Working Mom's break.
Very interesting reading. We work so hard to become mothers, and then become penalized in our careers when we finally do. Definitely not fair.
Makes me realize how lucky I am to be able to absorb the penalties of working part time. I am fortunate to be married to a husband who is able to support me. I can work for spending money, which is really nice. Not everyone is able to take the pay cut. The teaching position I am interviewing for on Wednesday will likely be a major pay cut for me. I am not sure how I feel about that. I am already pretty dependent on Hubby financially, and he is fine with that. I also have gotten more comfortable with it over the last few months. He makes more than I do, even if I went back to my old job or worked full time. It just makes sense. Eventually I may do more, but right now part time feels good.