There’s lots of questions in the blogosphere about whether or not women can have it all. Of course, by “all” we mean, can we work and have families? And do both as well as we can do them?
In Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article in The Atlantic she says:
In short, the minute I found myself in a job that is typical for the vast majority of working women (and men), working long hours on someone else’s schedule, I could no longer be both the parent and the professional I wanted to be—at least not with a child experiencing a rocky adolescence. I realized what should have perhaps been obvious: having it all, at least for me, depended almost entirely on what type of job I had. The flip side is the harder truth: having it all was not possible in many types of jobs, including high government office—at least not for very long.
They are the women who are doing 100% of the childcare in their families. They are the women whose co-parents don’t parent, or even pay child support. They are the million of women scared to death of their child’s next illness. They are the million of women who can’t afford healthcare, childcare, education.
They are women who are undereducated, women of color, transgender women, women in domestic violence situations, women in poverty, and women in menial jobs.
There are far more women asking, “Can I have enough?” than there are asking, “Can I have it all?”