If you are a working mom you most likely were sent or saw this article published in The Atlantic: Why Women Still Can’t Have It All. It has been a hot read with over 75,000 shares on Facebook and was the most trafficked article in history for The Atlantic. There is a reason why this article resonates with so many women, evoking passion and anger about the challenges with trying to “have it all”. The article is long, but a great read.
The author, Anne-Marie Slaughter, asks “Has the older generation of feminists sold younger generation a fiction?” The answer is yes. The older generation of powerful and strong women have paved the way for young women today to blaze the trail of upper management and executive leadership, but weren’t explicit that in order to get that you’d have to put family time on the back burner. Many of us who are really ambitious and career oriented struggle with actually saying we want to be home with our kids. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to work, many of us do, we need a balance of both.