A decade ago, media coverage focused on successful women who were choosing to leave high-paying careers behind to focus on family life. Now many of those same women are looking to rejoin the workforce and reinvigorate their careers. This can be a difficult transition, with some of the women accepting lower salaries and less prestigious positions. Still, "not a single woman I spoke with said she wished that she could return to her old, pre-opting-out job -- no matter what price she paid for her decision to stop working," writes Judith Warner, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the author of "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety."

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