Ayesha’s Full Plate
With a new TV show, a growing restaurant chain, and more in the works, what can’t Ayesha Curry cook up? The busy entrepreneur reveals how she handles her hectic life as a working mom of three and what’s next.

Ayesha leveraged her self-taught skills to become a powerful player in the food world—an industry that isn’t welcoming to women, especially those of color. On this new role: “I think a lot of people do not take me seriously,” confesses Ayesha, who turned 30 in March. Despite her ever-expanding empire, people chalk up her success to her pro-athlete spouse. “They think this is something I’ve obtained because of my husband’s income. That’s not true. He hasn’t invested a dime in my restaurant business.”

On her own self-image and what she wants for her daughters: “My own community needs to embrace everyone better. Sometimes I feel like I’m too black for the white community, but I’m not black enough for my own community. That’s a hard thing to carry. That’s why my partnership with CoverGirl was special for me because I felt like I didn’t fit the mold [of a CoverGirl]…. I’m not in the entertainment industry, in the traditional sense. I’m not thin; I’m 170 pounds on a good day. It’s been a journey for me, and that’s why I want my girls to understand who they are—and to love it.”

On making the decision to get breast implants so soon after giving birth: “I didn’t realize at the time, but after having Ryan, I was battling a bit of postpartum that lingered for a while. It came in the form of me being depressed about my body. So I made a rash decision. The intention was just to have them lifted, but I came out with these bigger boobs I didn’t want. I got the most botched boob job on the face of the planet. They’re worse now than they were before. I would never do anything like that again, but I’m an advocate of if something makes you happy, who cares about the judgment?”

Fight For Your Right to Pump!
You know it won’t be easy with work, but what happens if your employer makes you think it won’t even be possible at work? We’ve thought through the most common roadblocks nursing working moms (still, sadly) hit and pumped the pros for solutions. If you can’t get the time or the space, Working Mother’s Audrey Goodson Kingo spoke with breastfeeding law experts about what you should do.

Equal Pay for Equal Work
Women—especially multicultural women—have often been paid less for doing the same job as men. So how do you know if your company has equal-pay practices? Barbara Frankel examines why pay audits might eliminate the wage gap at companies.

Urban Adventures
Take a summer Friday and explore family-friendly city sights. From alfresco fairs in Denver to a visit to the Space Center Houston, these short but memorable trips will make the most of your long summer weekend.

PLUS: The Top Companies for Multicultural Women; How real working moms make it all work; How to use all of your vacation days; and more!