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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Nancy Pelosi opts in

Excellent piece today by Ellen Goodman! She wrote a fabulous column on Nancy Pelosi. Goodman notes that Pelosi, a stay-at-home mother of five, was 47 when she got onto the fast track. Her youngest was in college. Pelosi says she was always involved in a campaign, but when she won the Speaker of the House of Representatives position, she was 66.
Goodman believes Pelosi may change the way people think about "opting out" and "opting in", terms used to describe leaving work for family reasons and returning after a break to relaunch a career.
I love this paragraph: "I'm not saying that Nancy Pelosi is Everywoman's role model unless Everywoman can live on four hours of sleep and a diet of chocolate. But she's a reminder to women that life is longer than you expect and 47 is younger than you think. She's a reminder to companies and the country that we have a lot to gain from welcoming parents into the second act."
To read the entire column, click here.

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