June 22, 2012. Ann-Marie Slaughter says women can’t have it all — the demands of high-powered jobs are so unrealistic that it’s impossible to balance those jobs with family life. Thoughtful as always, Lisa Belkin agrees that it’s time for major changes in workplace demands, especially now that technology frees us to be easily mobile (for her article, click here). As she points out, as things stand, men can’t have it all either.
Still, the balance weighs heavier on women of child-bearing age: Men don’t have to balance pregnancy and breast-feeling with their jobs. If they did, the work place would have changed a long time ago. Sadly, in this struggling economy, work demands are more out of wack now than ever: a huge percentage of us aren’t working at all — the rest are overworked. For everyone’s sake, it’s time to change things now.
As the mother of two daughters, I pray the working world finds a healthier balance soon. Click here for today’s update as my college-graduate daughter moves back home.