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Mothers on the Fast TrackHow a New Generation Can Balance Family and Careers$
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Mary Ann Mason and Eve Mason Ekman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182675

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182675.001.0001

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Second Chances for Mothers on the Fast Track

Second Chances for Mothers on the Fast Track

(p.107) 7 Second Chances for Mothers on the Fast Track
Mothers on the Fast Track

Mary Ann Mason

Eve Mason Ekman

Oxford University Press

Mothers who achieve the highest position in their field are wonderful models. Mothers serving as high-court judges, university presidents, distinguished medical scientists, and corporate executives give courage to those starting up the ladder. They affirm that it is possible to have a family and a career, and they tell us that their lives are richer for having succeeded at both. This chapter suggests a family-friendly field where fathers play alongside mothers. To do this, critical workplace changes are needed to remove the institutional barriers that sideline women. These family-friendly policies are good business. They attract the best and brightest faculty and graduate students and allow organizations to maintain the competitive edge. The chapter provides transformative solutions, with particular attention to the make-or-break years when women are most likely to drop down or drop out.

Keywords:   career moms, workplace changes, family life, family-friendly policies, make or break

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