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Is the 'Mommy Track' Still Taboo?


3/28/2011 2:52:30 PM

In Saturday’s WSJ, writer Virginia Postrel has a retrospective on the “Mommy Track.” She takes us back to a controversial 1989 Harvard Business Review article by Felice N. Schwartz called “Management Women and the New Facts of Life.” Schwartz started with the fact that not all working women want the same things. Some are chiefly career-focused, making “the same trade-offs traditionally made by the men who seek leadership positions.” However, most women want children, Schwartz wrote, and “are willing to trade some career growth and compensation for freedom from the constant pressure to work long hours and weekends.”



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