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“I always tell women who are emerging, coming up in their professions, and say ‘make sure you own your craft – whatever it is … know it better than anybody and then no one will have anything on you,’” Bartiromo advised. “Work hard – there are no shortcuts.”
The discussion comes on the heels of Princeton University Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter’s controversial article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” which went viral after recently being published in The Atlantic. Slaughter vocalized what many view as the “anti-feminist” opinion that, realistically, women in top positions can’t really have it all – and be happy – at the same time.
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“I would like to believe women can have it all,” Baritomo said, although acknowledging that she does not have children. “I don’t look at it as, ‘I’ve made sacrifices.’ I look at it as, ‘I made choices.’ I made choices to do what I love. …Are they the choices for everyone? No.”
And what about women CEOs and women on the top rungs of the business ladder? Does a glass ceiling still exist? Unfortunately, yes, Bartiromo said.
“I would like to believe that women have the same opportunity as men, but when you look at the numbers, it’s really not there,” she said. “I hope that’s changing.”
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