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COLETTE SABBAGH IS A MOTHER OF TWO GIRLS…AGES SIX AND SEVEN…
SHE’S ALSO A PEDIATRICIAN….PART-TIME….
&quot:I STARTED AS WORKING FULL TIME AND THEN MADE THE SHIFT TO PART TIME AFTER MY OLDEST CHILD WAS BORN.&quot:
DR. SABBAGH SAYS SHE WANTS TO WORK….BUT ALSO WANTS TO HAVE PLENTY OF TIME WITH HER KIDS….
SO SHE WORKED OUT A SCHEDULE AT HER PRACTICE TO WORK HALF DAYS…FIVE DAYS A WEEK…..
&quot:10 OR 20 YEARS AGO DO YOU THINK THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE NO, THAT CERTAINLY WASN’T WHAT I SAW WHEN I WAS IN MEDICAL SCHOOL AND RESIDENCY OF THE WOMEN PHYSICIANS THAT WERE MY MENTORS. I DID NOT SEE THE KIND OF FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES THAT WOMEN HAVE TODAY&quot:
DR. PATTI COLETTE HAS QUITE A RESUME…SHE BECAME A COLONEL IN THE MILITARY….SHE WAS THE FIRST FEMALE OFFICER IN THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION…AND SHE’S A MOTHER OF FOUR CHILDREN….
18 YEARS AGO…SHE LEFT ACTIVE DUTY….TO HAVE A CHILD….BUT STILL WANTED TO WORK….
&quot:SO I WANTED TO RUN A WAREHOUSE, OR RUN A MANUFACTURING PLANT OR RUN A LINE IN A MANUFACTURING PLANT, BUT THEY JUST DIDN’T HIRE PEOPLE PART TIME TO DO THAT&quot:
AND FULL TIME JUST DIDN’T WORK FOR DR. COLETTE. SO SHE FOUND A PROFESSION THAT ALLOWED SOME FLEXIBILITY AND EDUCATION.
SHE EARNED HER PH-D AND BECAME A COLLEGE PROFESSOR…..
THESE WOMEN AREN’T ALONE…ACCORDING TO A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY PEW RESEARCH…..
60 PERCENT OF WORKING MOTHERS IN 2007…WOULD PREFER TO WORK PART TIME…THAT WENT UP 12 PERCENT IN JUST TEN YEARS…..
FULL TIME WORK SEEMS TO BE LOSING IT’S APPEAL FOR MOTHERS…..
&quot:IT WAS WAY HARDER THAN IT WAS MADE OUT TO BE, TO BALANCE A FULL TIME CAREER AND KIDS&quot:
&quot:WOMEN ARE REALIZING YOU CAN TRY TO HAVE IT ALL BUT YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL AND SO YOU HAVE TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO.&quot:
OF COURSE THERE ARE WOMEN WHO ARE VERY HAPPY HAVING A FULL TIME CAREER AND KIDS…..AND OTHERS WHO REALLY HAVE NO CHOICE….

IN PART 2 OF OUR REPORT WE’LL TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS ARE DOING TO ACCOMMODATE FAMILY LIFE…..