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Is ‘Having it all’ just a myth?

Last summer, Anne-Marie Slaughter rattled psyches with a manifesto in The Atlantic that described how the American workplace is inhospitable to high-powered working mothers. It was titled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” and it struck a chord because it contained the ultimate spoiler alert: You can be a careerist, or you can be a present parent, but the world isn’t designed to accommodate both.

Implicit in the headline is the suggestion that even though women don’t have it all yet, well, we deserve to. This week, The Atlantic followed up with a story noting which male demographic “has it all.” (Shocker: It’s men with stay-at-home wives.)

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