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.
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
Know what you want and start doing it with an infectious leadership style.
By Mariette Johnson Wharton (Co-Founder & VP Marketing, Vidtel)
Recently The Atlantic featured an article addressing in part the nearly impossible feat for working mothers to have it all (or at least have it all at the same time). The major limiting factor is not a lack of imagination or ambition but often control over one’s own schedule.
Running your own company affords the flexibility that can make that possible, but not everyone is in that position. If you are not an entrepreneur, seek an organization that lets you exert control over your schedule. Assuming you’ve landed in a place that will allow a flexible schedule, let’s get down to advancing your career.
I’ll focus on the startup world, where owing to the fast pace
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
“…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
By Richard Florida (Senior Editor, The Atlantic)
“What if the modern, post-industrial economy is simply more congenial to women than to men?” asks Hanna Rosin in her widely-discussed Atlantic essay, “The End of Men.”
“The attributes that are most valuable today — social intelligence, open communication, the ability to sit still and focus — are, at a minimum, not predominantly male.” Rosin argues that the post-industrial playing field has been tilting toward attributes associated with women (such as their superior social and communication skills) and away from physical skills essential in industrial