What does having it all actually mean anyway? Success in your personal and professional life? A strong marriage? Climbing the promotional ladder? Children? Who knows.
Anne Marie Slaughter, former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department, just wrote this piece for The Atlantic, summarizing her thoughts on “having it all.” It’s a thought provoking and balanced article, in a line of recent articles, about what it means to be a successful woman in today’s world.
Balancing work and home life is a struggle for almost all working women. Slaughter suggests that it’s perhaps impossible to be a high-powered, in-demand executive and manage to find time to engage with your family. She also suggests that perhaps it’s a fixable problem, starting with creating a dialogue around what’s broken and insisting on changing what have become back-breaking cultural norms.
On the tail of recent news that female physicians are earning less and publishing less often than their male counterparts, this is all certainly food for thought.