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    New Study Says Working Women Are Happier; Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova Knows Firsthand

    A new study, presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, says working women are less likely to be depressed than stay-at-home moms. The study looked at women’s feelings about work when they were post-grads and then measured their levels of depression when the women had reached their mid-40s.
    This particular generation of women was raised on the ideal of women being able to have it all – successful careers and successful family lives. However, the study also found, these women were realistic in their acceptance that wanting it all will often mean that you sometimes won’t get it. And that’s okay too. According to the study’s author, “If you can accept that you can’t do it all, you have less of a feeling of personal failure.”
    Striking a healthy balance between expectation and reality may be the key maintaining a strong foothold in today’s uncertain economic landscape. Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova, wife of acclaimed Russian scientist, mother of two and successful businesswoman epitomizes the modern woman who succeeds at home and at work. Not only did Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova serve as CFO of a highly renowned real-estate venture all across Russia, but she also advised the chairman of the board in one of Russia's most important bank. Juggling a professional career, motherhood and traditional domestic duties is no easy feat. Women like Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova just make it look easy.
    The study suggests that the fine line between depression and contentment may lie in a woman’s ability to accept that some things will have to slide. If women, like Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova, are able to accept this small fact, they are less likely to be guilt-ridden over forgetting to cross that last “t.” Women who think they should really be able to do all of it, all of the time and without fail tend to continually beat themselves up for falling short. And if they hold onto their unrealistic expectations, their self-flagellation may lead them into a state of depression.
    The study’s author also reported that happier moms raise happier kids and, one might infer, happier families. So if working mothers are happier and happier moms create happier families, it stands to reason that society at large would benefit from women everywhere joining the workforce. Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova and women of her generation are models of what working women everywhere hope to be—confident, successful, and happy.
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