‘Forbes Most Powerful Women’ Deal With The Work Life Balance Struggle Too

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To go along with the recent publication of the annual Forbes’ List of the World’s Most Powerful Women of 2011, OnlineSchools.com, a digital resource for online education from kindergarten to graduate school, recently launched “Wonder Women,” an analysis of the women who made the cut. Of the 100 women on the list, 88% of them have children with 2.5 children being the average. Angelina Jolie took home the prize for most children, with her brood of six.“Juggling a powerful career and a family can be a lot for anyone to handle,” said Seth Restaino, OnlineSchools.com spokesperson. “However, this list not only proves that it can be done, but that more and more family-oriented women are taking the lead in some of the most distinguished industries.” Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and number five on the list, has said “I feel guilty working because of my kids. I do. I feel guilty. In my TED talk, I’m talking to myself, too. I’m not just talking to other people. I have faced every one of those things myself.” Many of us can relate to that.

According to the survey 78% of these women are married, 9% are divorced, 7% are single and 4% are widowed. What is especially interesting about this study is that six of Forbes’ top female executives worked at companies ranked as most friendly to working moms by Working Mother Magazine. What is especially interesting about the women on this list is that many of these women work in family-friendly companies like Kraft Foods and Morgan Stanley, who provide fully-paid maternity leaves. Morgan Stanley is looking pretty good with its average of 16-week fully paid maternity leave and for its 24% female executive and manager ratio. Other good companies included JPMorgan, Kraft Foods, Johnson & Johnson, Dupont and IBM. This is especially impressive considering only 16% of U.S. companies with more than 100 employees offered full paid maternity leave.

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