Suzy, Check the Clutch

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The title of the post on is “Jack Welch to women:  Work and family don’t mix.”   The Salon post refers to this WSJ article which begins, “Former General Electric Co. Chief Executive Jack Welch has some blunt words for women climbing the corporate ladder: you may have to choose between taking time off to raise children and reaching the corner office.”   It continues, “Mr. Welch said those who take time off for family could be passed over for promotions if ‘you’re not there in the clutch.'”

Andrew Leonard, the post author, makes the point that Mr. Welch’s commentary, if true, is a harsh message for both genders, but that Mr. Welch’s comments seem to apply only to women. That’s because more women than men take time off to raise children.

For more background on the context of Mr. Welch’s comments, see here.

H/T Marc D. Schwarz

-Bridget Crawford

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