I have a response that is completely unscientific and based solely on my personal experience and observations. I have worked more than 30 years in legal offices where 100 % of the support staff, from receptionists to secretaries to paralegals, were female and approximately 40% of the attorneys were female. In every instance, the females, no matter what their positions, who were in the midst of having families were also in charge of all or nearly all of the childcare and household duties in their homes. Even those who could afford to hire help were in charge of the hiring and scheduling of said help and took over the duties of housekeepers and nannies when the hired help called in sick, had emergencies, or took vacations. These family-building women opted for flexible work schedules and lighter workloads when available and if they could afford any accompanying adjustments in pay. Not necessarily because they wanted to but because they HAD to. And, in every case, once the woman was no longer having children and once existing children were older, the woman resumed full workloads and schedules, as well as accepting overtime and increased responsibilities, many moving into new and more demanding positions.

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