In the past few days, there has been a lot of talking around the issue of whether women can or can’t have it all, and why. Anne-Marie Slaughter, a Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton, started the fire, with her honest thought-provoking cover story, Why Women Still Can’t Have It All, in the latest issue of The Atlantic.
In the article, Slaughter – former Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State – shares her experience with great honesty. With a high-profile career, a husband and a child, she was convinced that yes, women can have it all. But when she moved to Washington D.C. and, for the first time, had a job where she wasn’t in control of her schedule, she realized the demands of her profession and those of her two teenage sons, just weren’t compatible. Her family was in Princeton, while she was posted in Washington, and although her husband was taking, Slaughter says, “the lion’s share of parenting,” that still wasn’t enough.
And so, after two years, she went back to Princeton instead of continuing service with the government, coming to the conclusion that “having control of your schedule is the only way that women who want to have a career and a family can make it work.”