Maria,
You speak so directly of the experience of so many women.
Unfortunately, women who worked without pay for years raising children are often (incorrectly) seen by employers as a "mismatch" for the "highly-competent employee" role.

I'd love to see employers become more educated about this. The skills one has gained as a parent can enhance job performance. For example, a parent needs to be able to grasp & organize the "big picture," & also may have gained skills in working with several generations.

I wish you luck as you try to leverage what I'm sure are your many skills & talents, & work through your difficult situation. (As I'm sure you know, perseverance is also a skill mastered by parents.) - Dawn