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Did Superwoman Ever Really Exist? – Radio Show

July 10, 2012

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Did Superwoman Ever Really Exist?

 There is an article in The Atlantic Magazine that is making the rounds of many women’s inboxes.  For Boomer women, it raises many of the issues we have read about and lived for almost all our lives.  Did we sell a phony dream to our younger sisters?  Does this goal of “having it all” really exist for women or anyone?

 

We have a guest expert, a friend who has joined us before, Carol Ring.  Carol is a former telecom executive, a position she recently left.  She now devotes her time to writing, consulting and speaking to business groups.

 Carol’s company is the Culture Connection currently located in Toronto.  Carol has researched and written about corporate cultures and has developed her own “values-based” approach to improving work/life balance for employees. 

Following are the articles that inspired this discussion:

 Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

By Anne-Marie Slaughter

“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.”

I don’t recall anyone promising we could have it all.  The original feminist manifestos emphasized the need to remove barriers that prevented women from fulfilling their potential and their ambitions.  It was believed that this would benefit everyone including men, business, government, etc. if women had equal access to education, different work, executive level management.  This article leads us to believe that “men have it all” but there are too many barriers to allow women to reach the pinnacles of power.  Do men have it all and are they happy with their work/life balance?

 Of course there’s a response:

Women Can’t Have It All, But Maybe No One Can

Kate Brodock, Contributor

“I’ve had a little something stirring inside me for a while – as in years – and a few things have happened recently that have really brought them to a full boil.

This past week, Anne-Marie Slaughter, who recently left a position at the State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wrote a letter stating that she was unsure if she could manage the tremendous duties of her job or a “high-powered” position with effectively raising a child or carrying on a strong family life. In fact, she just plain didn’t want to.”

Then this arrived in my inbox:

‘We need women at all levels’

By PR Daily staff | Posted: July 9, 2012

“Women are founding business at one and a half time the national average, according to an infographic from MBA@UNC. However, 40 percent of large publicly owned companies don’t have any women on their boards.”

We would love to hear about your views and experiences.  What does the next generation think?

 

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