Can we all “have it all”?

Anne-Marie Slaughter has set out to advance feminism by getting everyone involved, including men. Former dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and currently president of a think tank called New America Foundation, Slaughter is striving to build on notable yet still insufficient societal advances with regard to women’s choices. It is true that women may now choose between work and family, and supportive work-life balance policies are making it easier for them to choose both, but does this mean society has become truly egalitarian? Probably not. As Sheryl Sandberg comments in Lean In, men’s success is rarely measured in terms of their ability to reconcile work and family. Still, Slaughter asserts that parents (though not all parents, and not only parents) learn patience, empathy, resilience, and generosity—the same qualities as those necessary to be a good manager and leader. The challenge of overturning stereotypes is huge, and a major key to progress is the involvement of both business organizations and governments.

TEDtalk, June 2013.