Why Having it All Remains Impossible for Women
Professional demands in the US typically require women to sacrifice familial responsibilities, but women should not have to choose between the two, says Anne-Marie Slaughter.
What's the Latest Development?
After serving as the first female director of policy planning at the State Department, Anne-Marie Slaughter dutifully returned to her teaching post at Stanford, not only because the university wanted her back, but because she was eager to leave the best career opportunity that had ever come her way. Her decision was oft criticized by women who wanted to 'have it all.' "Yet the decision to step down from a position of power--to value family life over professional advancement, even for a time--is directly at odds with the prevailing social pressures on career professionals in the United States," Slaughter said.
What's the Big Idea?
Through the 1970s and 80s, women climbing professional hierarchies strategically marginalized their personal lives, never mentioning that they would take time out for a child's medical exam, so as to keep from being discriminated against. At the time, it was seen as a necessary sacrifice in order to achieve structural change which recognized women as equal in value to their male co-workers. But today, it is women's responsibility to talk of their family life in working contexts, thereby demonstrating that society should accept women's professional desires alongside their familial obligations.
Photo credit: Shutterstock.com
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
- To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
- Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
- There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
Sarco assisted suicide pods come in three different styles, and allow you to die quickly and painlessly. They're even quite beautiful to look at.
Death: it happens to everyone (except, apparently, Keanu Reeves). But while the impoverished and lower-class people of the world die in the same ol' ways—cancer, heart disease, and so forth—the upper classes can choose hip and cool new ways to die. Now, there's an assisted-suicide pod so chic and so stylin' that peeps (young people still say peeps, right?) are calling it the "Tesla" of death... it's called... the Sarco!
Swiss researchers identify new dangers of modern cocaine.
- Cocaine cut with anti-worming adulterant levamisole may cause brain damage.
- Levamisole can thin out the prefrontal cortex and affect cognitive skills.
- Government health programs should encourage testing of cocaine for purity.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.