CHAPTER 3

Making the Choice: A Family or a Career? Can You Have Both?

This is a subject most women do not or will not discuss. Among women, why not talk about it? The subject is taboo; I believe that most women will not discuss their decision for fear their decision may be passed along to their boss. (Horrible—why can’t we trust one another? Do we still have the innate fear of one another?)

From almost the day I started my business, I kept looking for someone who eventually would be able to take it over. My very first employee was a talented young woman who started with me as an intern and rose to become a vice president. She was bright and motivated, and showed potential to run the business one day. She had baby number one very early on, when ...

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