Some single women are finding that they are often asked to stay late because the assumption is that they have more free time than their colleagues who have children. "No one has ever directly said this to me, but when late nights or extra projects come up, it's clear the thinking is, She's single, she has time to do this," said corporate lawyer Mary Mathis. In some cases, single women may need to be proactive to protect their personal time. "If your coworkers are leaving early because of their kids' soccer games, get your own 'soccer game' -- like a class that requires you to leave at a certain time every week," said career consultant Liz Ryan.
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