Are Women Building a Glass Ceiling Over Their Own Careers?

Dr. Cassi FieldsSheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, is out with a new book saying that women “leave before they leave,” self-selecting out of certain jobs, careers, or specialties that they feel will hurt their ability to have a balanced life at some point in the future.

Is she right? Or is the larger problem stubborn, inflexible employer policies that make it hard for people to leave and reenter the workforce?

Dr. Cassi Fields, an I/O psychologist, and I talk about this in the video below.

  • Carly Cox

    Great article! Thanks for sharing. Perfect for my audience at

  • Keith Halperin

    Thanks Todd. ISTM that any work environment that expects one or the other parent to work very long hours to successfully meet the deliverables isn’t particularly family-friendly, and since it’s still considered that in most cases the primary care-giver is mainly the woman, that impact largely falls on them. If we want people to work long and hard, establishing quality, affordable, accessible child-care (perhaps in conjunction with schools for school-age kids) with hours going from 6:00 AM-8:00 PM would go a long way toward this. Most couples can’t afford nannies or have available grandparents/relatives to take care of kids.