Can We, or Can’t We? The Anne-Marie Slaughter Debate, via the Blogosphere|
Been hearing the buzz about Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article Why Women Still Can’t Have it All in The Atlantic? Ms. Slaughter is hosting an event in New York City next week to discuss the hotly-debated piece- and for all of us out there who are working too many hours to stretch out and enjoy her very thoughtful (and time-worthy) gazillion-page article, here’s everything you need to know in CliffsNotes form. Thank us when she answers your life-changing question at the event!
Obviously, Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic article is causing a stir. A hubbub, even. Every working woman has an opinion and a response to her words, which at various points in her article are encouraging and upsetting.
We culled our favorite responses (so far) and here they are– but please do add your own responses below:
“So the story isn’t that women “still can’t have it all,”-the Atlantic’s too-cute-by-half shorthand for qualified women’s inability to penetrate the gilded glass ceiling-nor, an elite woman saying it after having pushed her chair back from the boardroom table. The story is Slaughter’s longstanding silence on that fact… Most working mothers understand that the deck is stacked and the choices between career and family, impossible. Many of them, with their lack of elite credentials and therefore lack of access to media, will never get the chance to ask Slaughter what took her so long.”
The Husband (and Son) of Successful Women-
“The key to making it possible for women (and men) to effectively combine work and family, both Slaughter and my mother agreed, is for employers to provide more options about how, when, and where to do their work… This transformation won’t happen until senior leaders make a fundamental shift away from the deeply ingrained view that more, bigger, faster for longer is better, and let go of the myth that face time is a useful measure of productivity and commitment.”
The Coalitionist in the case of Sandberg v. Slaughter-
“Slaughter and Sandberg should meet. I’ve known both of them for several years, and they are not only smart and relentless when committed to a cause. They are, as Slaughter says, “two very successful women who want the same things. We just have some disagreements about where the problems lie.” In sync-or if not in sync, at least in collaboration-these two leaders could help aspiring women and the powers that be build an environment of equal opportunity.”
The Terrifyingly Successful and Unfailingly Supportive Banker (Um, Joanne Wilson)-
“We are a country that does not embrace women the same way we embrace men. I see it first hand every single 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.”