Women held 34.9 percent of all jobs 40 years ago; today we hold 49.8 -- any day now you will hear that we've passed the 50 percent mark. So hats off to women starting, sustaining, and working in women-owned businesses.
It seems like a woman has to pick her poison. Suffer now, or take "a few years off" and pay later. Women need to know that "taking a few years off" can often lead to a permanent condition of dependence and loss of identity.
During that full year and more that I was out of work, I discovered who I was and what I was meant to do, regardless of my assignment or my annual salary. I discovered what my terms would be this time around.