By Inna G. Materese | Esquire

While our cultural consciousness may be changing, research shows the change may be slow. According to the Harvard Business Review, even today, research shows men prefer women who are less professionally ambitious than they are.

Given this perception, many single women face an age-old dilemma: Should I sacrifice my career for marriage, or vice versa? 

Research suggests that single women tend to avoid actions that would help their careers because of marriage considerations. The effect is seen not only macro decision-making, such as making schooling determinations, initial career decisions, taking on leadership roles and asking for promotions. Daily decisions such as speaking up at meetings, working late, taking charge of a project, even certain outfits, haircuts, and makeup may be impacted by a single woman's weighing of whether the choice will make her more or less attractive to a potential partner. Read more....