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Sara Lee Corporation

Women wary of career breaks

Women are still wary of negative consequences associated with taking a break from their careers to have children, raise a family or help take care of their elderly parents.

I'm reminded of this attitude with the release yesterday of a new survey at the Society of Women Engineers conference in Baltimore.

The survey, commissioned by manufacturer Honeywell International Inc. in partnership with the industry group, polled 512 female engineers with up to 20 years' experience in the workplace. The study has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

Of the 400 women who haven't taken a career break yet, 45 percent said they expect to take one in the next 10...