Archives for October 2013

Dispelling Notions About What it Takes for Women to Achieve and Thrive

While listening to an NPR radio interview with Debora Spar, President of Barnard College and author of the newly-published book Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection, it became all too clear that the ideas I grew up with about being a girl and achieving as a female were really different from those of Spar’s. Born in 1963, nine years my junior, Spar described being bombarded with images of females “that conveyed an image of some sort of effortless combination of work and motherhood and sexuality and professionalism and ease.”

“Effortless?” I screamed. “How could that be?” Wow! There is nothing further than the truth — we all know that it takes tons of effort to achieve as a woman, mother and career person. I was all ears to learn about how the myth grew to be so colossal…

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