Women forced to choose kids or career

The Age  (Australia) 29 Mar 07
Female scientists, engineers and technology workers are being forced to choose between career and motherhood, a report suggests. A survey of almost 2000 Australian women in these professions – and in pharmacy and business – found more than half did not have children.The proportion without children ranged from 48 per cent for pharmacists – who have greater access to part-time work – to more than 60 per cent for technology workers and engineers. This was “significantly higher” than the national childlessness rate of one in four, the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia report said. The association’s national women’s co-ordinator, Erin Wood, said the women had to choose between a professional career and having children.