Stephen Colbert Solves the 'Having It All' Dilemma in 5 Words

On last night's episode of The Colbert Report, the host offered Anne-Marie Slaughter some advice for women who feel they handle too much of the housework and childcare: "Don't do that! I don't!"

slaughter-colbert.jpgComedy Central

"When I carry a naked baby in my briefcase, I get in trouble," complained Stephen Colbert last night, holding up the cover of the July/August Atlantic. "But it's okay for a woman to do it. That's something you have that men don't have."

A debate on career and family See full coverage

His guest, Anne-Marie Slaughter, laughed. But Colbert had a serious point to make, and he kept grilling her about it throughout their interview. "Listen -- I'm a parent, you're a parent," Colbert said. "You can't have it all, but I can have it all? What is the thing that's different about you?"

It's a question Slaughter has faced countless times since her article "Why Women Can't Have It All" hit newsstands last month, and she was well prepared to answer it. "Women are still doing two thirds of the housework," she pointed out, "and two-thirds of the childcare." 

Colbert was ready with a simple solution. "Then -- don't!" he suggested. "Don't do that! I don't!" 

Watch the video below:

Anne-Marie Slaughter on The Colbert ReportJuly 16, 2012

www.colbertnation.com

Presented by

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she edits digital features.

How a Psychedelic Masterpiece Is Made

A short documentary about Bruce Riley, an artist who paints abstract wonders with poured resin

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How a Psychedelic Masterpiece Is Made

A short documentary about Bruce Riley, an artist who paints abstract wonders with poured resin

Videos

Why Is Google Making Skin?

Hidden away on Google’s campus, doctors are changing the way people think about health.

Video

How to Build a Tornado

A Canadian inventor believes his tornado machine could solve the world's energy crisis.

Video

A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This short film takes you on a whirling tour of the Big Apple

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?

More in Business

Just In