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Women as Air Traffic Controllers

In the mid-1980s, Janet Jackson came out from under her brother’s shadow and shed the doe-eyed waif she played on Good Times with her breakthrough anthem Control. In her take-no-prisoners shoulder pads, Jackson sang about taking ownership of her life, on her own terms.

Women in America today are in a similar place. As we’ve described in previous chapters, thanks to major political and economic milestones over the past four decades, more women today are going head-to-head with men on the job. And they’re demanding more parity in the home (albeit with mixed results).

While the news media buzz about women struggling to “have it all” by balancing work and family, most women are simply too busy living ...

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