When we weaken the power of one woman, we weaken the power of all women. When we weaken the power of women in workplaces that already have way too few women, we contribute to further reducing the number of successful women and we end up with only one woman survivor at the top – the Queen Bee.
Slaughter commended having ambition and drive, but cautioned women to be realistic about the fact that children take time to raise and that the preferences women have as they grow older will change over time.
By Grace Nasri (Managing Editor, FindTheBest)
The WIE Symposium in New York featured a range of high-profile speakers including Prof. Anne-Marie Slaughter of Princeton, who was the former director of policy planning for the US State Department. One of the highlights of the event was Saturday’s spotlight on Slaughter, who spoke largely about her now famous article “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” published by The Atlantic.
This article has been syndicated from TechCrunch.
By Michal Tsur (Co-Founder & President, Kaltura) & Leah Belsky (VP of Strategy, Kaltura)
The blossoming tech startup generation, and the new wave of professional women seeking success in the workplace and at home don’t always cross paths. Tech industries suffer from a noticeable lack of strong female leadership at the top, while powerful women have mostly flocked to traditional industries. Although the concept of “having it all” might itself be elusive, it’s time that women who value both a rich home life and a fulfilling career explore the tech startup world.
In July/August 2012 the Atlantic Monthly featured an article that soon became the publication’s most popular piece
Don’t be fooled by Atlantic headlines or even perhaps your social circle. The question is not if but how.
By Laura Yecies (CEO, SugarSync)
Since a picture’s worth a thousand words, this blog post can be short.
Take a look at the below chart from the US Department of Health and Human Services website.
Many, many American women to the tune of tens of millions are today working full-time while caring for their children under 18. This number has increased nearly 50% in the last 40 years.
The attention drawn by the Anne-Marie Slaughter piece and others are distracting people from this reality.
I don’t see images of the women happily combining motherhood and career on magazine covers, but I do see her in my own life.
By Tara Sophia Mohr (Founder & Principal, Wise Living)
In this month’s Atlantic cover story, Anne-Marie Slaughter writes about stepping down from her “dream job” in order to be more available to her teenage sons, and concludes that “women still can’t have it all.”
Many of us remember a similar cover story from about 10 years ago — Lisa Belkin’s New York Times Magazine article on the “Opt Out Revolution.”
Here’s the problem: stories like Belkin’s and Slaughter’s about women dropping out, ramping down or finding
The term “having it all” makes women seems “piggy” and elitist.
By Anne-Marie Slaughter (Contributor, The Atlantic)
For everyone out there who cares about gender equality, work-family balance, or however else we choose to frame the complex debate that my article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” has (re)ignited, let’s start by agreeing on one thing: Let’s ban the term “mommy wars” forever. A more patronizing, trivializing label would be hard to find. So let us all commit to never, ever use “mommy” as an adjective. No “mommy wars” and no “mommy track”. And while we’re at it, let’s also abandon “catfight” in favor of “debate, conversation, engagement with an important issue.”
Rebecca Traister has convinced me to stop
“It is the women running this country but they are the wizards behind the curtains. It is time for women to come out from behind the curtain.”
By Joanne Wilson (Blogger & Angel Investor, Gotham Gal)
Life is about decisions. We are a country that does not embrace women the same way we embrace men. I see it first hand every day.
That is one of the reasons I invest in women. Not all my investments are women driven but I’d say about 85% of them are. It is more difficult being a woman than a man because if we have children we think about our 14 year old being home and agonize over it in a way that most men that I know do not. No offense to men, it is just not in the forefront of their brain. And if we aren’t married and choose to not go that route, we are looked at in a different light too.
“…the best advice, given the sorry state of the work world, is to work really, really hard before you have children so that you have the skills – and the bargaining power – to continue your career on your own terms after you have children.”
By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)
First, thanks to Anne-Marie Slaughter for peeling the band-aid off an open wound of American womanhood. It’s our dirty little secret: Balancing work and family is still impossible for elite American women because of the way we structure work, family, love, marriage, careers, masculinity and dignity.
Yes. It’s that bad. Fifteen years ago, when I began to write Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflicts and What To Do About It, I thought that all we needed to do was to reshape work and careers. The key problem for women, I pointed out, is that workplaces still are