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Working Moms Study Ranks South Dakota 23rd

May 5, 2014, 5:10 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Working Moms Study Ranks South Dakota 23rd

Balancing work and home life is an age-old battle for women.

A recent study by ranks South Dakota 23rd overall for working moms. The results are based on childcare, professional opportunities and work-life balance.

Work and home life don't always mix.

With a daughter in high school and serving as executive director for Embe, Laurie Knutson knows all about finding that balance.

"We all have to make trade-offs along the way. We all have to decide in that moment, or in a day, or in a week where those priorities are going to be. And I've had those same situations," Knutson said. 

Knutson isn't alone in her fight for that perfect mix.

Erin Bosch has two young children and is the director of women's leadership at Embe, which helps women try to achieve their professional and personal goals.

"In putting their plan together, they are kind of evaluating what their values are. Really what their goals are. And some people, some women, want that C-suite job," Bosch said.

South Dakota ranks 7th for work possibilities. While this is pretty high, the state comes in 37th for childcare -- based on quality and availability.

Stacy Stahl has a 17-month-old son and serves as director for Girls on the Run. She says they teach girls between third and eighth grade to shoot for peace at both work and home.

"If you want to do both, you go and do both. So that's what we really want to impart on the girls is to just go out and be what you can be, and do what you want to do. And be happy," Stahl said.

All of the women agree finding that happy medium is not an easy task.

"I think it's a reflection of where women are at. Even more so than where our society is at. Because I think women have found that they have the capacity to do about anything that they want to do," Knutson said. 

"It's never going to be perfect. But you know, that's what happens when you're passionate about your job but you're also passionate about your family," Stahl said.

States surrounding South Dakota came in at different levels on the chart. Minnesota placed at 11th, Iowa was ranked 40th, and North Dakota was 24th.


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