Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

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If you haven’t seen it already, check out this fascinating essay in The Atlantic by Anne-Marie Slaughter: “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.”

Here’s the intro teaser from the magazine:

It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.

You can also check out this short video in which writer Hanna Rosin interviews Anne-Marie Slaughter about her own struggles with life balance and what needs to change:
Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

One of the things that drew me to this piece was Slaughter’s honesty when she admitted wanting to leave her high-ranked government job to spend more time with her children.  Maybe once we’re all so honest with our motivations for wanting flexible hours and a better work-life balance, things will finally start to change.  I certainly hope so.

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4 Responses to Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

  1. Suzita @ playfightrepeat.com June 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    I agree with you. I really appreciated the author’s honesty. She had a number of good, yet smaller in the scheme of things, shifts that would help people manage better in the work world – such as requiring video conferencing more often, and only having large meetings during school hours.

    Definitely an article worth reading.

    • tpajevic June 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

      Don’t those make a lot of sense? I also like the idea of having school hours match up with work hours.

      But the one I keep thinking about is the idea that we all need to be more honest about why we’re leaving work early (to have dinner with our families) or why we’re coming in late (if we have a parent-teacher conference), things like that that she believes would really change the dynamic.

  2. MommaBird July 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    Great article!

    I think it’s always so hard to keep up in the career field and try to be on the same level as the other non-mom employees and try to not ask for special treatment just because we have small children. And sometimes, your co-workers just. don’t. get. it. when they don’t have kids themselves.

    • tpajevic July 4, 2012 at 9:33 am #

      That’s so true, isn’t it? Especially when they’re younger and on the no-holds-barred career track. And yet I can’t help but hope that the more we bring these things out into the open, the quicker this dynamic will change.

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