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

1173 WordsOct 11, 20175 Pages
Even today, in 2017, the issue of equality in the workplace is a very real and talked about problem. Sheryl Sandberg talks about this issue in “Lean In: What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid.” She proposes the idea that the reason women do not receive results equal to their male counterparts is not because of lack of opportunity, but because they are choosing to pursue different priorities than men. In “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” Anne-Marie Slaughter discusses the idea that in today’s economic and social environment, it is not realistic for women to try to “have it all.” Similarly, Richard Dorment writes about why it is not just women that “can’t have it all” in his book, “Why Men Still Can’t Have It All.” There are always at…show more content…
Critics of Sandberg say she blames women for the problem, but it is apparent that her enthusiasm for women is misunderstood for criticism. Sandberg quotes and endorses Judith Rodin’s statement that “My generation fought so hard to give all of you choices. We believe in choices” (645). Slaughter and Dorment’s articles focus more on the cause and effect of this phenomenon, but their messages at the root are the same. In recent history, the majority of the movement regarding the gender gap in the workplace has been in response to the opportunity available to males versus female. Today however, that debate topic has shifted to explain why opportunity does not grantee professional success and what role society plays on that restriction. It was already said by Sandberg that a difference in biology affects the choices individuals make, and that issue alone is independent from any social construct that would usually affect choices. Slaughter outlines one of these societal flaws is in the “unspoken rules” or norms of hiring and firing in Washington. She states, “to admit to, much less act on, maternal longings would have been fatal to their careers.” Often a euphemism for being fired is saying that one is leaving to focus on homemaking. It seems to be implied by the authors that often, merely having a family that deserves time and
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