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Are children pets?

Top professional women find it hard to combine high-flying careers and babies. But family-friendly businesses cannot solve the dilemma

By Pamela Meadows   June 2002

Baby hunger

Sylvia Ann Hewlett

(Grove Atlantic, ?10)

This book has a misleading title. It is really about choices and the tyranny of time, not hunger. Sylvia Ann Hewlett has discovered that American women earning over $50,000 a year (and to some extent those in Britain and Australia) rarely have children. When they reach their 40s, many of them regret this but find they can no longer conceive. The thesis of this book is first, that women need to understand the terrible mistake they are making by wasting their fertile years earning lots of money; second, that women who…

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