The Maternal Wall

A new study shows that even the most elite working moms face discrimination

America's ruminations about women and work are so politically loaded these days -- there are breakthroughs and backlashes, mommy tracks and mommy wars, glass ceilings and pink-collar ghettos -- that it is often hard to get at the truth. Consider the mixed message from Women and the Work/Family Dilemma by Deborah Swiss and Judith Walker, a much touted book to be published this month. Based on a survey of 902 female graduates of Harvard's law, medical and business schools, the book makes the woman-and-work story more complicated than ever -- if only by suggesting that on this subject what women say...

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