Why Women Still Can 't Have It All

1035 WordsNov 9, 20165 Pages
Anyone Can Have It All Sooner or later in life, we will inevitably face the question that asks if we have it all. One may respond with a question: “What does it all mean?” According to the article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” author Anne-Marie Slaughter defines it all as “work-family balance” (678). It means to have both career and family at the same time. And the consensus of our society has agreed with her definition of it all. We live in a society where we are raised to grow up to have a career and a family. Correspondingly, we will likely raise our children with the same tenet, and the cycle repeats. Our society dictates that work-family balance is what defining it all. However, not everyone agrees with the society’s or…show more content…
She is pleased because she has the power to achieve her it all by using her position to balance her career and family. Likewise, in his article “Why Men Still Can’t Have It All,” Richard Dorment feels glad to be back in his office working rather than taking full advantage of his paternity leave. “At work, I had a purpose — things needed to be done, people needed me to do them“ (Dorment 711). Dorment is an editor at Esquire magazine. At work, he has purposes and is needed, whereas he feels his presence is not necessarily needed and finds it to be boring at home (Dorment 711). Being needed and having able to work for his purposes, he can have personal fulfillment. On the other hand, people who are not contented are the ones that do not have personal satisfaction for their actions. For example, Slaughter demonstrates this when she says, “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“ (681). Her high government position is very demanding of her time, therefore she has little time for her children. Additionally, Dorment has his unpleasant experience as well. “This used to annoy me — why do I even bother?“ (Dorment 706). It is a comment Dorment has regarding his wife refolding the clothes after he has folded them. I would sympathize with him. A woman I knew asked me to go with her to her daughter’s
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