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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Women and Careers

"HIGHLY educated women are getting a bum rap from the press. There has recently been a spate of news and opinion articles telling us that these women, especially graduates of the best universities and professional schools, are "opting out" in record numbers, choosing the comforts of home and family over careers. And because there are now 1.33 women graduating from college for every man, the best and brightest women will either have to "marry down" or, more likely, we are told, remain single. Taken together, highly educated women will have either family or career. Half of it all, rather than "having it all." But the facts speak loudly and clearly against such suppositions. Women who graduated 25 years ago from the nation's top colleges did not "opt out" in large numbers, and today's graduates aren't likely to do so either." By Claudia Goldin, Op-Ed Contributor, New York Times Link to Article (last visited 3-15-06 NVS)

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