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OFF-RAMPS AND ON-RAMPS

Women's Nonlinear Career Paths

Sylvia Ann Hewlett

For seventeen years, Nadja Fidelia successfully juggled the responsibilities of a high-profile career on Wall Street and life as a single mother. Despite her sixty-hour workweeks she was a devoted mom. Indeed, some of the strategies she developed to care for her son Jason bordered on the heroic. When Nadja went on business trips, she left a “treasure trail” of fun notes and jokey gifts around the house so that her son could feel her presence every day. She also invited various members of her extended family to live with her for stints of time so that Jason would grow up with a sense of family.

But his childhood was ending. In 2003 Jason turned seventeen, and as he started ...

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