Familial responsibilities may interrupt your career even if you opt not to have children, writes Rosanna Fay. Over time, Fay's efforts to take care of her aging parents left her exhausted and struggling to maintain a meaningful role within her company. "While most women plan to some extent for how they'll juggle work and motherhood, and have the benefit of some sort of leave, few, if any, lay the groundwork at home or in the workplace for aging parent care," she writes.

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