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photoA new wardrobe, shiny convertible, steamy affair — sound like symptoms of a man experiencing a midlife crisis. Or it could be a middle-aged woman unmoored after decades of trying to juggle too much at work and at home.

When Wall Street Journal's "Work & Family" columnist Sue Shellenbarger wrote about her mid-life crisis in a column, she got an overwhelming response. She was on to something.

Women, now financially more independent than ever before, with confidence from years of work, are experiencing mid-life crises because, Shellenbarger concluded, they could.

Hear a discussion about middle age women leaping over the edge — the female midlife crisis.


Sue Shellenbarger, creator and writer of the Wall Street Journal's "Work & Family" column, former chief of the Journal's Chicago Bureau and author of the new book "The Breaking Point: How Female Midlife Crisis is Transforming Today's Women"

Nancy Koehn, professor at Harvard Business School, business historian and consultant and lecturer on leadership.

This program aired on April 19, 2005.

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