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Working and Raising a Family

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Why Women Still Can’t Have It All by by Anne-Marie Slaughter might just be the best article on the topic of working and raising a family that I have ever read. Read it! (It’s long.)

Here’s one of many quotable quotes:

The best hope for improving the lot of all women, and for closing what Wolfers and Stevenson call a “new gender gap”—measured by well-being rather than wages—is to close the leadership gap: to elect a woman president and 50 women senators; to ensure that women are equally represented in the ranks of corporate executives and judicial leaders. Only when women wield power in sufficient numbers will we create a society that genuinely works for all women. That will be a society that works for everyone.

Hat tip to Rachel Happe, whose own post is not shabby.

ETA: Slater’s article seems to be going viral. I’m seeing links to it everywhere, which means it has touched a nerve. Here are a couple of posts from my blogroll:

Why women can’t have it all, why they’re not to blame and how we can make it better by lovely Aussie feminist blogger Bluemilk

Where in the world can women have it all? by Expat Writer Chantal

The ever-fabulous Twisty goes for the jugular.

My good friend Courtney is very thoughtful about That Article.

The lovely Belgian Waffle, now of Ireland.

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Author: charlotteotter

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5 thoughts on “Working and Raising a Family

  1. I think I’d add – only when women wield power in sufficient numbers will we create a society that works well for all people – men might think they like all the power to themselves, but I think genuine equality will benefit everyone.

  2. Very articulate and well thought out essay. Love the vision of a working world where everyone’s work is flexible enough for them to be there for their families, men and women.

  3. I tend to follow French thinking here, and believe that we can only change society if we change our mental attitudes first. And that means, most importantly, giving up our workplace culture of visibility. You have to be seen to be in work, whether you are busy or not, sick or not, stressed by your private life or not. Despite the huge advances in communications technology, it is still imperative that workers are seen spending long hours at their work place if they want to get on. That is a culture that really suits a masculine mentality, and the place that men still hold in the family. Until we break that stranglehold, I don’t think anything much will change.

  4. Litlove, you are right and technology helps us to do that. If I can log on from home and work, while tending a sick child or waiting for a plumber to arrive, then better. The need to be always visible is something that can and must change.

  5. Oh thank you for the link. Wrote a big congratulatory post when I saw you were about to be published but then couldn’t remember login from phone. Anyhow, shorter congratulations and really looking forward to reading when it’s available in English!

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