Why Women Still Can 't Have It All By Ann Marie Slaughter

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A woman has many decisions and sacrifices to make when balancing work and family. Ann-Marie Slaughter is the author of “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” where she explains what it is like to hold a higher ranking position and have children at home. She begins by building her credibility with personal facts and sources, citing other women in younger and older generations. Slaughter fills her essay with high emotion to empower women to be able to have a higher profession without giving up the time with the ones you love. She describes what it is like to lead her business life, and struggle to guide her children, when she doesn’t even have time for herself. In her article, Slaughter first talks about her profession demands, traveling from…show more content…
Slaughter states “My workweek starter at 4:20 on Monday morning, when I got up to get the 5:30 train from Trenton to Washington. It ended late Friday, with the train home. In between, the days were crammed with meetings, and when the meetings stopped, the writing began – a never-ending stream of memos, reports, and comments on other people’s drafts. For two years, I never left the office early enough to go to any stores other than those open 24 hours, which meant that everything from dry cleaning to hair appointments to Christmas shopping had to be done on weekends, amid children’s sporting events, music lessons, family meals, and conference calls” (Slaughter, 2012, pg. 680). These facts introduce and support the idea that Slaughter doesn’t have time for herself, let alone her family when it comes to her profession. She continues with some statistics: “A seminal study of 527 U.S. companies, published in the Academy of Management Journal in 2000, suggests that “organizations with more extensive work-family policies have higher perceived firm-level performance” among their industry peers. These findings accorded with a 2003 study conducted by Michelle Arthur at the University of New Mexico. Examining 130 announcements of family-friendly policies in The Wall Street Journal, Arthur found thst the announcements along significantly improved share prices. In 2011, a study on flexibility in the workplace by Ellen Galinsky, Kelly Sakai, and Tyler Wigton of the Families
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