Why Women Still Can’t Have It All
June 25, 2012 Leave a comment
This is a very long, but interesting article that maybe of important interest to many of us, women and men. I am still reading it myself and was going to tweet it, but rather I thought to post it here. There is a lot to think about and may I say it is not comfortable sort of thinking. This is an old debate about balancing motherhood and a demanding career, but it’s a fresh and resourceful perpective that is different this time around.
Quote: They have an answer that we don’t want to hear. After the speech I gave in New York, I went to dinner with a group of 30-somethings. I sat across from two vibrant women, one of whom worked at the UN and the other at a big New York law firm. As nearly always happens in these situations, they soon began asking me about work-life balance. When I told them I was writing this article, the lawyer said, “I look for role models and can’t find any.” She said the women in her firm who had become partners and taken on management positions had made tremendous sacrifices, “many of which they don’t even seem to realize … They take two years off when their kids are young but then work like crazy to get back on track professionally, which means that they see their kids when they are toddlers but not teenagers, or really barely at all.” Her friend nodded, mentioning the top professional women she knew, all of whom essentially relied on round-the-clock nannies. Both were very clear that they did not want that life, but could not figure out how to combine professional success and satisfaction with a real commitment to family.
Full length article found here on the Atlantic: http://m.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/why-women-still-can-8217-t-have-it-all/9020/1/