The American Institute of CPAs introduced a guidebook to help accounting firms set up "off-ramping" programs to help women transition out of demanding full-time accounting careers, while maintaining a relationship so the off-ramped employees can assist the firm when needed.

The institute noted that over the course of their careers, 37 percent of professional women voluntarily leave their jobs, both temporarily and on a permanent basis. Of that group, 45 percent leave to care for small children, while 24 percent leave to care for elderly relatives.

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