“I’d been the woman congratulating herself on her unswerving commitment to the feminist cause, chatting smugly with her dwindling number of college or law-school friends who had reached and maintained their place on the highest rungs of their profession. I’d been the one telling young women at my lectures that you can have it all and do it all, regardless of what field you are in. Which means I’d been part, albeit unwittingly, of making millions of women feel that they are to blame if they cannot manage to rise up the ladder as fast as men and also have a family and an active home life (and be thin and beautiful to boot).” Anne- Marie Slaughter, from the article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All”
This is one of the most interesting articles on the question of whether a woman can reach high levels of power and have a family too and the influence of feminism on how we frame this debate. I do not agree with some of the views she has expressed but I think it makes for excellent reading. Read the full article: “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.”
Anne- Marie Slaughter is a Princeton Professor and is the former Director of Policy Planning in the U.S State Department.