Many working women want to take off time in their thirties to being families,- but it is traditionally thought of as the time for career development meaning a break could make it hard to catch up with male colleagues. Camilla Cavendish writes in the Times ‘Our lives are so finely balanced that any change — another child, a sick relative, a promotion — can spell sudden career death.’ Whilst we can expect some drop in earnings if we decide to take a break, in Britain women’s earnings fall behind men’s from their mid thirties, and may never catch up again. Many women returning to work find it difficult to go back into a career at the same level as when they took the break and many more mark time in jobs far below their potential. It is a myth and a real problem to women taking a baby break that your career prime is considered to be between 35 and 45. This can be the time when they are not only looking after small children but can also be managing aged parents and taking time out for either of these roles could see them fail or be left behind. Once these responsibilities are lifted many women want to return to the work place with a new vigour, but may be overlooked purely because of their age. The workforce is missing out on talented and motivated employees with this short sighted view. What is interesting is the vitriol the Times article has inspired from men who feel ‘hard done by’. An argument that will rage on I am sure.