KIKI, A SINGLE MOTHER OF TWO and a legal secretary, had just moved from New York to a small town in Pennsylvania, where the cost of living was much lower. But first she had to find a job, which was proving surprisingly difficult. Finally, during the 11th job interview in which she was asked the same question, "Do you have children?" something clicked. She dared to ask how that was relevant to the work. The response was blunt. "He said if you don't have a husband and have children, then I pay less per hour because I have to pay benefits for the entire family."

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