The idea that macho male managers feel that "to cut it in the cut-throat world of business you must yield no quarter" is dated. In today's business environment all employees are facing increased pressures, which inevitably divide loyalties between the organisation and one's life outside work.
Women will continue to bear the primary responsibility for child care as long as this issue is addressed solely in terms of "motherhood". Attitudes will become entrenched, and there will never be a redefinition of what it means to be successful in both career and family life.
Yours sincerely, ANDREW WILSON Assistant Director of Research Ashridge Management Research Group Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire 9 December