Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article in the Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” has set off dozens of debates. (For example, see here and here and here and here.) Slaughter, who is the former director of policy planning at the State Department, makes many interesting points.
But what is all? Does it have to be complete and total success in every aspect of life? Is perfection the only possible goal? Do many of us compare ourselves to some nonexistent “Goddess of Having It All”? Do we see ourselves as solo performers with way too many things to juggle?