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Many women with top degrees stay home

Decisions show sense of security

Jessica Brewer graduated from MIT in 2005 with a mechanical engineering degree­ and spent the next five years designing nuclear reactors for Navy aircraft carriers and submarines. Now she stays home with two young sons, ages 3 and 1, and works a few hours a week teaching a children’s choir at her church in ­Arlington, Va.

“I do continue to be surprised by people who say, ‘Oh you’re staying home with them?’ ” said Brewer, whose husband also attended MIT. “I don’t know if they react because of the MIT degree­ or just because I’m staying home.”

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