Everyone’s talking about the latest Atlantic cover story: « Why Women Still Can’t Have It All. » Anne-Marie Slaughter confesses that it’s really damn hard to have both kids and a demanding career. After two years in her « foreign-policy dream job » at the State Department, she gave it up to spend more time with her family (she really meant it!) and return to a less dreamy but more flexible job as a professor.
She writes at length about what needs to change in American society to make it more possible for women to sanely combine work and child-rearing. More power to her: I fully support the kinds of changes she advocates. Women have gotten the shaft for far too long.
But despite all the chatter about this article, no one’s discussing or even noticing the huge assumption underlying it: that most women want both kids and a fulfilling career.
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