Integrating my professional and personal lives was difficult, but I had a great deal of help from a non-sexist father, a very supportive husband, and two children who were very tolerant of my professional involvement. It is disheartening to note how little progress has been made on this front. Certainly, many more women are striving to combine working and raising families than was true when I began my career; it is estimated that two thirds of women with children are now in the workforce. Despite this, however, we still lack the sensible, inexpensive system of child care that most other industrialized countries have. I still hope that I will see the day when good fortune is not the major prerequisite for women to fully develop their capabilities.
On the basis of my early experiences, I would urge female readers to follow their own paths, and try to ignore the well-intended, but too cautious types of socialization we are all subjected to. As one of our early heroines, Amelia Earhart, once remarked: “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” I wish you all the courage of your convictions.
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