Anne-Marie Slaughter made headlines with her Atlantic article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” which argues that mothers truly cannot have positions of power in their professional lives and still maintain a work-life balance that makes them happy. And Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg also added fodder to the work-life balance debate for women when she encouraging women to not take their foot off the gas pedal in their careers prematurely. Maria Bartiromo – who broke barriers as the first woman to report from the stock market floor – says women need to have the opportunity “to soar” and need to feel good about the career decisions they make.
Watch NBC & MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell interview CNBC anchor Maria Baritromo for genConnect about career women and if they really can have it all, and her advice for women trying to break down barriers in their own fields:
“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, something Mitchell says does make the “balance” issue easier. “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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