Family or career? Successful women weigh in

Michelle Ong, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2017 10:47 AM | Updated as of Nov 30 2017 11:54 AM

Ivanka Trump (2R) daughter of US President Donald Trump, during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India November 29, 2017. Cathal McNaughton, Reuters

HYDERABAD, India - Women should be allowed to succeed both in their professional careers and in raising their families, leaders in business and politics told an entrepreneur summit here.

Women tend to give up on their careers when they are starting their families, which should not be the case, said ICICI Bank CEO Chandra Kochhar.

"I think that is the time for women to decide not to give up because if you don't give up at that time, then you are able to continue for long," Kochhar said.

Lawyer Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, said she advised her sons to be prepared to allow their wives to succeed in their professions.

"I know you are very proud of your wife. The crunch time will come whether you're prepared sometime in your career to take a step back in your career so that her career will flourish," she said.

"If you constantly think that yes she can have a career but it's always secondary to mine, then it's never going to quite work," she said.

Ivanka Trump, US President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser said women should be celebrated whether they choose family or career.

"We have to do a better job at recognizing that all women are working women whether they are working inside the home raising their families or whether they are working in a professional capacity," Trump said.

Women seeking successful careers should look to STEM or science, technology, engineering and math, where their is higher pay, said Dell chief customer officer Karen Quintos.

"Technology is permeating everything and what I would love to see is a much more balanced set of graduates and women who are in STEM-related fields," she said.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad is the 8th edition of the annual meeting organized by the US and Indian governments.

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