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The Big Idea for Friday, January 10, 2014

Debora Spar, the President of Barnard College, takes a fresh look of what is possible and and not for the woman of the 21st century in her new book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection.

Spar finds that women feel guilty regardless of where they work and how much they earn and how many children they have. That is to say that women of baby boomer age have been expected to do it all (have careers, plus families). And yet, expectations have been raised even higher for Millennial women. They are expected to be wives, mothers, housekeepers, excellent athletes, be entrepreneurial and save the world. 

"We've added to expectations without taking anything off the table," says in today's lesson. 

Perspectives

  1. 1 The Superwoman Myth
    Big Think Editors Specific Gravity
  2. 2 How Far Do Women Have to Lean In?
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think TV
  3. 3 Why Homo Sapiens Still Can't "Have It All"
    Nicholas Clairmont The Proverbial Skeptic
  4. 4 Salvaging “Having it All” from the Dust Bin of History
    Pamela Haag Harpy's Review
 

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