How Starting a Family Hinders Women From Rising to the Top

Stories of women successfully holding demanding executive-level jobs while raising children are few and far between. Women fill over half of entry-level positions in America’s biggest companies, but occupy only 28% of senior management roles and 3% of chief-executive posts, according to consulting agency McKinsey & Company. The biggest challenge women face to rising professionally is children. Corporate jobs require dedication and vast quantities of time that many with families cannot give. Another McKinsey study in 2007 showed 54% of senior women executives were childless compared with 29% of men. Women also take jobs that have more flexibility. Few stay in the most demanding, yet financially rewarding, jobs.

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