Why Women Still Can’t Have It All, Anne-Marie Slaughter
The title seems to get some people caught up in questions of whether or not ’having it all’ is a possible or even ethical project (unfortunate in my opinion), but I’m enjoying this essay so much for the fact that Slaughter embraces the obstacle that limitation can be as something pragmatic and important. She has chosen to create some limitations of her own that better serve the well-being of herself and her family, while moving ahead to improve upon the feminism she’s inherited, contributing to the progress…kinda crucial! She does a beautiful job working with the history - the generation she has emerged from and the responsibility hers has for shaping the landscape our feet are now planted in - while also considering how it can and should continue to be transformed. This piece settles like a firm block of stone in the ongoing cultural project she’s contributing to.
it is quite a few pages but as Tala said, an important read!
— Also, I think it could be easy to overlook the importance of something within the piece - to my reading of it, that this is not so much about more or less limitations, but rather better integration. Working toward lives that are more healthily integrated is a great prospect, important for any and all genders (though each gender category will take on its own unique history and corresponding challenges) and we do indeed need reform at a leadership level to make it possible.