The authors on their findings:

Hilary Cosell, 30, married two years, no children: "There are no support systems for women in the corporate world. Don't tell me about on-site day care, flex-time or cardboard Romeos -- the husband who says at 2 a.m., 'Oh no, dear. Don't get up. I'll go feed the baby.' "

(Hilary Cosell, Woman on a Seesaw, New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons, $14.95).

Conalee Levine-Shneidman, 55, married 24 years, two sons ages 15 and 18: Many successful women, says the New York psychologist, "feel ill at ease and unable to cope" in personal relationships outside of work. "Career women . . . are often protective of their independence and strength in much the same way that children of the Depression came to be protective of their financial security." Co-author Karen Levine will be 37 next month. She'll be married 10 years in August and has a 5 1/2-year-old son. Levine is a full-time freelancer who writes about women's issues.

(Conalee Levine-Shneidman and Karen Levine, Too Smart For Her Own Good?, New York, Doubleday, $15.95; publication date: May 24).

Srully Blotnick, 44, single, no children: "A lot of women between 35 and 45 realize they have been sold a bill of goods. They've been told work is everything, and it isn't . . . One thing you gain from marriage, from having children is learning to meet people halfway . . . Being less combative will help women rise in the corporate ranks. The data bears this out.