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7 Applicability

10 Innovation

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Women everywhere are talking about Creating A Life, which exploded into the US media with a controversial and disturbing message: Career women are waiting too long to have children! Despite the uproar it has caused, Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s analysis of the situation is actually quite evenhanded, even if she is prone to overgeneralization. Hewlett does not attack childless women – as many have accused – rather, she logically assesses the reasons that so many highly successful women do not have kids. Her prescriptions for the problem of high-achiever childlessness might not win her any friends in feminist camps, but nevertheless, getAbstract highly recommends that all professional women (and their husbands or potential husbands) read this book and decide for themselves.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why a high percentage of successful businesswomen do not have children, and
  • What steps younger professional women can take to improve their chances of having children.

About the Author

Sylvia Ann Hewlett is an economist and author of several books, including When the Bough Breaks, winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Prize, and The War Against Parents, co-written with Cornel West. She is the founder and chair of the National Parenting Association. She was inspired to write the book due to her own problems with several miscarriages and a late-in-life birth of a daughter when she was 51.



Successful and Childless
This analysis is based on interviews with women approaching the age of 50, who were part of the generation that broke through gender barriers and became successful in fields dominated by men.

Many of the women interviewed were childless, but none...

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