Check out Maureen Dowd's Sunday NYT magazine piece, What's a Modern Girl to Do?. I know some folks really do not appreciate Maureen Dowd but don't hold that against her. It's an interesting piece. Sample excerpt:
Sylvia Ann Hewlett, an economist and the author of "Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children," a book published in 2002, conducted a survey and found that 55 percent of 35-year-old career women were childless. And among corporate executives who earn $100,000 or more, she said, 49 percent of the women did not have children, compared with only 19 percent of the men.
Hewlett quantified, yet again, that men have an unfair advantage. "Nowadays," she said, "the rule of thumb seems to be that the more successful the woman, the less likely it is she will find a husband or bear a child. For men, the reverse is true."
Contrast that with a special section in today's WSJ, Top 50 Women to Watch. While it's an impressive list, this introduction is telling:
Around the globe, women are leading companies in new and successful directions. But while a steadily growing cadre of women are making their mark in business, their ranks have barely touched broad swaths of the corporate world. Instead, women business leaders are largely concentrated in a select group of industries, in businesses with large numbers of women customers.
Am I the only professional woman out there who is confused about the "rules" of today? All I know is I don't know and I'm too tired to figure it out. My advice to other professional women: act with integrity, insist upon excellence, look always for new challenges, give away the credit, be interested in others as people, and keep your sense of humor.
An important aside: upon reviewing the pictures of those Top 50 Women, I remarked to my husband, "Where's my picture?" His answer: "It's in your daughter's room and she sleeps with it." Turns out I'm doing the important things right.