Submitted by moradib1
Recently, the Atlantic published an article by Anne-Marie Slaughter (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/why-wome...), a former high ranking State Department official who made the claim that women cannot have it all - that inevitably, women who pursue professional aspirations, will have to choose between being successful professionally or having a stable home life. This is assuming, of course, that a home life entails a family.
Soon the Atlantic article went viral and women everywhere started responding. CEOs, mothers, wives, even other State Department workers shot down Slaughter's opinion as unique to her situation, of her own making, and her own choice. The backlash seemed to insist that women can have it all, if we just try hard enough...work hard enough, mother hard enough, wife hard enough, please everyone hard enough. It is endless.
It seems to me, every time a woman says something or does something outside the socially acceptable parameters of femininity, or if she complains about the patriarchal structure within which women have to function, she is pounced upon for being too unappreciative of the opportunities she's been given. She is branded as dramatic or a radical feminist, and she is shunned most forcefully by other women.