Pitfalls and Trip Wires

When Subha Barry was the head of global diversity for Merrill Lynch, she noticed a curious phenomenon among career women in India. “You'd have women with the highest of qualifications, the most incredible talents, and yet, while in appearance and intellect and abilities at work they can hold their own with the best of Western women, you would find them doing surprising things, like saying, ‘I had a baby. I need to stop working and go home.’” Barry adds, I'm not talking one or two. I'm talking droves.”

Child care itself wasn't the primary issue. Although one of the most common career killers for women in the United States and Western Europe, it is a less serious problem for their counterparts in emerging markets. Instead, ...

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