I AM PLEASED to announce that I have been named Deputy Assistant Undersecretary of the Eventual Mission to Mars. This is, as you know, a high-powered job, commensurate with my deep and deserved career accomplishments. It is the sort of job I was destined to hold. And I don’t want to waste a minute of my precious and valuable time worrying about my family’s welfare when I’m out of the house.
In other words, I am out to achieve the elusive work-life balance at the very highest levels of the workforce.
I am not, I realize, the first high-powered woman to tackle this important subject. The multitalented actress/singer/Web curator Gwyneth Paltrow, on her website “GOOP,” once surveyed her accomplished female friends and came up with some helpful balancing tips, which included having “an amazing assistant” and getting a fishmonger who delivers. One of her friends found a salon where she could get a manicure, pedicure, and facial at the same time! But she is not as smart as my friend, a Rhodes Scholar, who schedules meetings with her accountant at the nail salon, thereby discussing her taxes most efficiently while getting dead skin sloughed off her feet.
And then there is Anne-Marie Slaughter, the Princeton professor and former State Department official, who wrote the much-buzzed-about cover story in the current Atlantic Monthly. In this article, Slaughter declares that women cannot have it all — with the exception of a short list of “superwomen,” to whom you shouldn’t compare yourself because it would only make you feel bad. From Slaughter comes a tip from a friend who always programmed her microwave to time-cook for “1:11” or “2:22,” so as not to waste precious milliseconds in the morning, typing different numbers on the keypad.
This is the sort of idea you can come up with only if you are truly elite.
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