Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children
Sylvia Ann HewlettISBN: 0786867663;
Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the acclaimed author of When the Bough Breaks: The Cost of Neglecting Our Children, tackles one of the most wrenching challenges for women today -- creating rich multidimensional lives that contain both career and children. Almosthalf of all professional women are childless at age forty. The more a woman succeeds in her career, the less likely it is that she will have a partner or a baby. For men the opposite is true: the more successful a man is professionally, the more likely it is that he will be married with children. By and large professional women have not chosen to be childless. Indeed, most of them yearn for a child and are prepared to go to the ends of the earth to find a baby, often expending huge amounts of time, money, and energy. But in the end, the age-old business of having babies eludes many. Modern women can be playwrights, politicians, and chief executives, but increasingly, they cannot be mothers. Hewlett brings to the book her...
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