Last week I started to see a few posts on Twitter, from reputable sources, about an article in The Atlantic titled, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” I have always aimed high – and since my parents never reinforced gender roles and careers, I set my sights high. In my lifetime, I have wanted to be a pediatrician, mechanical engineer, news broadcaster, Supreme Court Justice, marine biologist – just to name a few. As I moved through different levels of schooling, it did become clear that being a woman, my career choices would involve asking different questions than my male friends. I am still understanding what all of this means for me, and couldn’t appreciate this article in The Atlantic more. What’s also exciting to me, are the conversations that are beginning because of the article both among my friends and in the print media. It is a long read, but I think you’ll walk away satisfied with your time sacrifice, to read the author’s experiences and advice. I’ve also listed some links to other articles in response to the original. Enjoy.
P.S. This can be a heated topic, as everyone has a different experience balancing it all, and I truly believe there is no one way to be successful (although the logic in me tries to find it). If you choose to comment here in response, please be kind. We are all working towards the same goal.
Original Article in The Atlantic
Why Women Still Can’t Have It All
Response in the New York Times
Q + A with the Author
Elite Women Put a New Spin on Work-Life Debate