We All Can Have It All

Anne-Marie Slaughter exclaims, “I still strongly believe that women can ‘have it all’ (and that men can too). I believe that we can ‘have it all at the same time.’ But not today, not with the way America’s economy and society are currently structured.” Anne-Maire says it is possible for men and women to have a work-life balance but the economy we are in now does not help the situation. It is shown that “women put in more time than men doing housework (sixteen hours to nine) and more time to childcare (twelve to seven).” But on the other hand, “Men in dual-income couples work outside the home eleven more hours a week than their working wives or partners do (forty-two to thirty-one).” This shows the differences where each parent divides their time. In order for a household to work effectively, there has to be a trade-off among both parents. Another issue that couples run into is “the issue of flex time, with some suggesting that men should demand more options for when and where they can do their work so that women aren’t penalized for requesting it.” Men are said to be more lenient and willing to work around their wives time since her time may conflict with the husband. According to the Pew study, it is shown that 70% of working mothers and 48% of working fathers say that a flexible schedule is important to them. One of the most important benefits that working parents look for is the flexibility to work from home if need be.