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Kirstie Foster, a corporate public relations manager at General Mills, pays a visit to her 10-month-old daughter, Mia, in the daycare facility at the company's headquarters in Golden Valley, Minn. (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)
Kirstie Foster, a corporate public relations manager at General Mills, pays a visit to her 10-month-old daughter, Mia, in the daycare facility at the company's headquarters in Golden Valley, Minn. (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)

People who work in business and finance often want it all. But what if that includes children?

According to a new study of business school graduates from the University of Chicago, taking time off — say, maternity leave — can hurt a woman's career more in the finance sector than in other professions. We talk about the mother's obstacles to climbing the corporate ladder.

Guests:

  • Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard UniversityJamie Ladge, assistant professor of management and development at Northeastern University; faculty affiliate at the Boston College Center for Work and Family

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This program aired on August 9, 2010.

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