The Care.com report found that nearly eight out of 10 working moms (78%) say that they enjoy being a working parent. And half (50%) of working mothers feel that working enables them to be strong role models for their children.
But moms aren't content with feeling "mommy tracked" in the office. In fact, nearly six out of 10 working moms (58%) aspire to move higher in the professional ranks, and this group believes that promotion is possible. Nearly eight in 10 (78%) do not feel that they have been passed over for a promotion because of a perceived lack of commitment to work.
In fact, working mothers are seeing themselves more as mothers who work, and the benefits at home and the workplace are evident in the survey. Since becoming a working parent, four out of 10 working moms (40%) feel that working makes them more creative as a parent and that being a parent has added perspective that enhances their contributions at work.
Thirty-two percent feel that they are more motivated to work and take on new roles since becoming a parent, and three out of 10 (29%) feel that they are more productive now than they were before children.
With partners who help, mothers find work even better because they have support at home. More than three-quarters of working moms (77%) have a spouse or partner who participates in the raising of their children. Among those, nine out of 10 (89%) feel that their spouse/partner supports their career goals.
The feelings of "mommy guilt" appear to be abating, Care.com's research showed, with 64% percent saying they no longer find the demands of their job interfering with their ability to be a good parent.
Care.com also found that increasingly, as more women enter (or re-enter) the workplace and their professional aspirations continue, businesses need to catch up to the new normal of the motherhood workforce. Nearly three out of four companies (73%) where working moms are employed do not offer any childcare benefits. Only 18% offer flex-spending accounts; 6% offer on-site child care; 5% offer emergency back-up care; and only 4% subsidize child care.
Ambition and support at home is limited without workplace support, Care.com found. According to the survey, about four out of 10 working moms (39%) had to miss work during the previous year because of a childcare issue.
"I'm inspired to learn from this Care.com survey that eight out of 10 working moms enjoy what they do, most love being a great role model for their children and many feel more creative and motivated as a working-parent and even feel they add a better perspective at their jobs now that they are moms," said Katie Bugbee, managing editor of Care.com.
"This survey makes it clear that much still needs to be done in the workplace to support mothers," she added. "Women now hold more than half of the entry-level jobs at American blue-chip companies."
Bugbee continued: "According to the 2011 White House Report on Women, women will account for nearly 60% of total undergraduate enrollment by 2019. When nearly 40% of the female workforce has to miss work because of a childcare issue, the productivity loss is felt on the bottom line."
The Care.com survey was conducted via an online survey among 1,000 women who have children under 18, are employed, and are living in private American households.
Working from a database of American households that represents the population of the U.S, Poll Position conducted interviews for this survey for Care.com during the period from Jan. 4-10, 2012.