CEO startup founder: Why I had to hide my pregnancy

Talia Goldstein, CEO of the online dating startup Three Day Rule, recently revealed to Fortune Magazine how she struggled when she became pregnant in 2012. The pregnancy came at a time when she was looking for investors so she only told people about her pregnancy after she reached her goals. Goldstein was working as producer for E! Entertainment and starting having successful matchmaking parties for her single co-workers. When she found out she was pregnant, she had just quit her job to pursue her matchmaking skills full-time.

Deciding when to reveal you are pregnant at work can be a very anxious time for working women in the United States. Most women also have to deal with losing not only their income, but also progressing in their careers. Trailing at 20th out of 21 high income countries, US mothers of newborns are only allowed 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave. These benefits don’t come easy either. Employees must work in a firm of 50 or more employees, maintain employment with the same business for 12 months and have accumulated at least 1,250 working hours over those 12 months.

Although it has been shown to beneficial to the health and well-being of both mother and baby to allow longer maternity leave, the archaic laws have not changed over the years. While many women have become more influential in the workforce, one field that has not caught up is technology and startups.

Now expecting her second child, Goldstein told The Huffington Post that she decided to share her story to help other women. "I believe that every candid conversation we have about this topic can help bring us one step closer to closing the gender gap," she said. "While women in general are starting to make strides, I do feel that the 'mommy' bias is still pervasive in the tech world."