And the patriarchy runs our society sucks.
“First off, 41% of professional women these days are choosing not to have children, and unlike ten years ago, they’re comfortable with their decisions on this front. In the straitened circumstances of a high unemployment, low growth economy, many women believe that it’s wiser to do two things well (a fulfilling career, a loving relationship) than three things badly. This large swathe of women has been left out of the conversation this week. This is a pity. They’re not simply a deficit model (childless women, or in Slaughter’s words, “women without families”); rather, they have a thing or two to teach us about “having it all” in 2012.
“Second, the set of solutions Slaughter puts forward in her article (ramping up societal supports for working parents) is distressingly unrealistic. I’ve spent the last 20 years trying to do precisely this. There has been some progress in the private sector, but in the government sector, we’re further away than ever. This election year, paid parenting leave isn’t even on the Democratic agenda, while 15 years ago it was. Like it or not, the country has moved to the right, and the idea that we’re about to pass legislation that will subsidize quality childcare or lengthen the school day is so much pie in the sky.”
, by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Harvard Business Review, June 29, 2012