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Womenomics by Katty Kay, Claire Shipman

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CHAPTER FOUR

good-bye guilt (and hello no)

Women have been bearing the burden of guilt since the beginning of history. Adam takes a bite of the fateful apple and—oh sure, blame it on Eve. The original guilt. And unfortunately, we women make it easy. We silently put “getting kicked out of paradise” on a long list of things to feel guilty about over the ages.

Guilt is such a daunting problem for women as they try to change the way they work that we feel it demands a chapter all its own. But this is a good news chapter. We’ll help you see how one insidious emotion can prevent you from getting the professional life you really want. Guilt can stop you from leaving the office at 3 P.M. to make the school pickup, even though you’ve finished your ...

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