Wanting “It All” or Only Some Of “It All”: Your Choice!

Thursday night as I was mindlessly scanning my Facebook NewsFeed, I came across the New York Magazine post on Maggie Lange’s article, “Some Women Only Want, Like, a Third of It All”. Clicking on- and reading- this first article lead to a whirl-wind hyperlink frenzy on feminism, modern female ambition, women in leadership, closing the gender gap, work-life balance, but overall this notion of having “It All”. Below was my path.

Lange’s short article…

http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/10/some-women-only-want-a-third-of-it-all.html?mid=facebook_nymag  

…was in response to Elissa Strauss’s “I’m Not Ambitious and That’s Okay” essay for Salon…

http://www.salon.com/2013/10/09/im_not_ambitious_and_thats_okay/).

…which Strauss wrote as a backlash to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic piece “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All”…

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/why-women-still-cant-have-it-all/309020/

…as well as Slaughter’s Times article, “Yes, You Can”….

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/books/review/sheryl-sandbergs-lean-in.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

…referencing Sheryl Sandberg’s initial 2010 TED talk and current book “Lean In”.

As a took a short break, I remembered something I had read back on August 26, Women’s Equality Day, on The Huffington Post website entitled, “9 Things Women Couldn’t Do In 1939– And 3 Things They Can’t In 2013.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/26/womens-equality-day_n_3818653.html

Reading this article made me further appreciate the time in which I live. I appreciate the path feminists before me paved. And, although I believe we have more walls to break down when it come to Corporate America, gender equality, and the overall American stigma on parenthood, I am excited and optimistic to the future. As Xerox CEO Ursula Burns recently pointed out, “There’s A Tidal Wave Coming”.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/13/ursula-burns-women-leaders_n_3437382.html

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