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Full-Time Rewards from Part-Time Work
New moms who want to -- or must -- maintain their careers have long turned to part-time positions as the best way to keep working while still spending as much time as possible with their babies. But often there is a nagging sense of compromise, the feeling that part-time work is merely a placeholder or a temporary tradeoff, not a valid long-term career choice. Not so! insist career experts and veteran part-timers. Done right, they say, part-time work can serve a dual purpose: nurture a young mother's family life while simultaneously enriching and forwarding her career.
Indeed, twenty-six percent of the total 64.7 million women employed in 2004 worked part time, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and other government figures show mothers account for 39 percent of all part-time women workers. Sociologists say those working moms gain not just a paycheck, but self-esteem as well. Part-time work allows mothers to keep their minds stimulated and their professional contacts fresh even as they're bonding with their babies and adjusting to life with little ones at home.
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