The Children Question
Flicking through twitter this week someone who reads this blog had @ me with a link to a blog post written by Dana Wright, a VC with an powerful career before she got to the venture world. The title is “The Children Question“.
Dana shares her own personal experiences around children and gives advice on how women should react to the children question. It is a question I have been asked many times in different forms. What do I say to an investor who asks me if I am going to have children? What do I tell the investors, board and company that I am pregnant?
Every time I am asked for advice on this, there is a part of me that gets angry. Having children is personal decision. As I have written before and said publicly, do not wait to have children. Your business is important but businesses do not always survive and having a personal life makes your business better. What rambles through my head is if you believe in the founder, then having children is not relevant to her ability to grow her business, and shame on you for asking. Don’t you have kids?
That being said, when will get to that time where there is such a complete shared responsibility for having children that is changes investors fears and misogynist behavior towards some female founders is the bigger question. Things have changed but there is still a lot of work to do.
Dana gives great advice. If you are wondering about the answer to the children question, read her piece.