As a young and innovative organization, we’re always working towards shifting broken paradigms. Though we focus on permanently ending LRA atrocities, we encourage supporters to engage in other important conversations across the global sphere. In her recently published Atlantic article, Anne-Marie Slaughter describes her attempt to maintain a “work-family balance” throughout her two-year term as Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department. Slaughter provocatively details the various socioeconomic confines that prevent women from growing maternally, while also thriving in the corporate world.
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.
Despite having secured a highly esteemed position working under Hillary Clinton, Slaughter struggled to juggle her numerous responsibilities as a high-profile career woman. Rather than continuing to sacrifice relationships with her children, Slaughter returned to her job at Princeton, comparatively less demanding.
It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg cited the same problem; there are too few women left in the workplace after having to choose between professional success and personal fulfillment.
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In her 2010 TED talk, Sandberg elaborates on the corporate disproportion.
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