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Having read just now that the average woman takes 11.5 years out of the work force to care for children and other relatives got me curious.

How long did you absent yourself from the workforce, and for what major reason(s)?
Mostly out by choice to retire early.
Mostly out by choice to care for children and/or others
Mostly out by choice to go to school for a long time.
Mostly out involuntarily due to unemployment, health reasons, or some other catastrophe.
Unseemly remark about not working in your pants...

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