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Former CFO Erin Callan
Regrets Not Having Children,
Reignites Work-Life Balance Debate

Yahoo! Shine, by Beth Greenfield

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 3/11/2013 5:34:48 PM

Former Lehman Brothers CFO Erin Callan joined in the ongoing public debate on work-life balance this week, telling the world she had regrets over the sacrifices she made for success, and prompting renewed buzz on the topic. “I can’t make up for lost time,” she wrote in a Sunday New York Times opinion piece, “Is There Life After Work?” In it, Callan, who resigned as CFO in 2008, describes how work always came first for her, often at the expense of family, friends and her marriage (which eventually ended in divorce). It also got in the way

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PageTurner, 3/11/2013 5:44:32 PM     (No. 9219925)

Not only was she incompetent at having kids, her CFO tenure was at Lehman, the front axle of the crisis we are living in now.

Apparently, she failed at everything.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MMC, 3/11/2013 5:45:52 PM     (No. 9219928)

I realized soon after my son was born that work and children require a choice. I choose to leave a career, I choose to have a day care in my home, I choose to stay under employed to work around my kids lives.

I do not regret the lack of fancy vacations, name brand clothes, or club memberships. I am my kids mom.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 3/11/2013 5:50:42 PM     (No. 9219935)

The children she didn´t have are blessed to not have her as a mother.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ronbet, 3/11/2013 5:51:33 PM     (No. 9219936)

The feminists have ruined the mental outlook of more than one woman. They have made many unsatisfied with the great things that they do by continually instilling in them the thought that they have never done enough or are not good enough. And the Democrats war on women has again re-lit the this feeling of inferiority in some women and we are again starting to read the discontent. Women now have the freedom to make themselves miserable.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: submariner, 3/11/2013 5:54:22 PM     (No. 9219939)

Feminism, like the gay movement, denies human nature and assumes that behavior which is in contravention to human nature can be "normalized". Like feminism, the gay movement is ultimately doomed. You cannot alter human nature and it certainly cannot be altered for the sake of a very tiny minority of malcontents.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: msjena, 3/11/2013 5:58:10 PM     (No. 9219947)

I don´t know--she sounds like a recovering workaholic to me, not an evil person. Why don´t she and her husband adopt? It is my belief that people who really want children find a way to have them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 3/11/2013 6:12:18 PM     (No. 9219972)

This lady was at Lehman on the way to bankruptcy. If she had stayed home I might have not lost so much money on their bonds.
I personally do not care about her work/home
dichotomy. When I invest MY money in HER company, it becomes MY company. If she had problems working, then she should not have been there. She was paid BIG money to do a job,which obviously did not get done. She da*n well was not worrying about my problem, which was my investment in HER company. You think she will repay me for MY losses. These women make me sick. MY mother stayed home and took care of us until we went to school. Then
she went to work. Obviously Ms. Callan was not as sharp as Lehman Bros thought she was.
Hardly as sharp as my mother, who knew what was important, and was able to made life-
style decisions that she later did NOT regret.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mustng66, 3/11/2013 6:27:43 PM     (No. 9219991)

Rush is right, the REAL war on women has been perpetrated by the hysterical clucking hens of NOW these last 50 years. As we see in her story, they destroyed another woman´s life.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Shimmer128, 3/11/2013 6:29:03 PM     (No. 9219994)

I chose.....wisely....and even home educated my children.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: fayebeck, 3/11/2013 6:29:41 PM     (No. 9219995)

If a MAN expresses such opinions regarding this subject, he´s a PIG. Personally I think Ms. Callan should pay the MAN over whom she was hired, money that HE lost during her I AM WOMAN stage.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 3/11/2013 6:30:54 PM     (No. 9219997)

I´m sorry to hear this. Having children was one of the best things that has happened to me in this life.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bpl40, 3/11/2013 6:36:19 PM     (No. 9220005)

Not inflicting her genes on the gene pool is the biggest favor she has done society.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: civilservant, 3/11/2013 6:48:02 PM     (No. 9220019)

"There is no work/life ´balance´. There is only the choice. Both have consequences.."

Jack Welch, Former CEO, GE.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 3/11/2013 6:51:33 PM     (No. 9220027)

I don´t believe that feminism was about equality. It was always about revenge, just like every other grievance movement.

The problem with revenge is that it will ultimately make you miserable too.

You will never get ahead as long as you are trying to get even."
(I don´t the author´s name, but it´s a brilliant quote.)

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Reply 15 - Posted by: on fire, 3/11/2013 7:07:27 PM     (No. 9220040)

I chose children over career but I was older and more than content to choose a different & more fulfilling direction. Tending to God´s gifts was so much more satisfying than any man-made success.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Ammo Guy, 3/11/2013 7:28:39 PM     (No. 9220068)

As anyone with kids will tell you, there is no such thing as quality time to the little ones - they want (demand) quantity time...sacrifice this at your peril. Meanwhile, I´m sure her colleagues and friends will come visit her in her dotage...NOT! Kids can be aggravating, but it´s still the best thing I ever did (after, of course, finding a woman who would put up with me)

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Reply 17 - Posted by: GraniteBayTom, 3/11/2013 7:53:24 PM     (No. 9220102)

Feminism is, finally, self-destructing. Despite their best efforts, you can´t change human nature. Most women, including my wife who is a pharmacist, want to have kids.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: mrsbash, 3/11/2013 7:58:19 PM     (No. 9220115)

I think we need to let this woman contribute to the discussion. People who have learned from their life choices should be free to tell people what they have learned, even if some of us didn´t need to learn it the hard way.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 3/11/2013 10:19:39 PM     (No. 9220244)

Natural Selection isn´t limited to physical advantages. Sometimes, just being stupid is enough to prevent one´s genes from being past on.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 3/11/2013 10:54:55 PM     (No. 9220281)

Agree with above poster, she should adopt...

"Children are a gift from The Lord" ... I know mine are ... and I am still working and learning and loving it all...

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Reply 21 - Posted by: msjena, 3/11/2013 11:03:15 PM     (No. 9220287)

If she has siblings with children, part of her genes are being passed on. This isn´t about natural selection. People aren´t like pedigreed dogs. It´s not too late for her. She can adopt or there are fertility treatments that might work. And she is also the exception. Most women in high places have children. Sarah Palin had five!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: LaVallette, 3/12/2013 3:48:23 AM     (No. 9220420)

No probs for the current and next generation of career women: Now we have surrogate wombs, tomorrow the Brave New World of artificial wombs in labs, under the control of Big Brother. Good Bye Humanity..

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Reply 23 - Posted by: KTWO, 3/12/2013 4:15:10 AM     (No. 9220427)

She chose. I suspect everyone regrets some of their decisions. Most call that life and go on.

But I agree with #18. Callan has a story and Greenfield chose to report it. Fair enough, no one is forced to read it or like it.

#22 looks ahead. And some of those things will happen.

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