A Debate on Career and Motherhood

In her July/August cover story, Anne-Marie Slaughter describes her own experience of stepping down from a high-level State Department position to teach at Princeton and spend more time with her children. In the process, she came to an uncomfortable realization: No matter what well-meaning feminists might say, women really can't have it all. "Not today," she writes, "not with the way America's economy and society are currently structured."

Have women been buying into a myth for the past 40 years? Or has the next generation simply lost touch with the ideals of feminism? How would gender equality look in a perfect world? We asked Atlantic writers from a range of professional backgrounds and family situations to comment on our cover story — and then to participate in a broader conversation with Slaughter and each other.

What My Son's Disabilities Taught Me About 'Having It All' Karl H. Jacoby

What My Son's Disabilities Taught Me About 'Having It All'

Because of her child's problems, the author will never have a tidy, peaceful life. But none of this keeps her from being happy -- as long as she asks herself the right questions.

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

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 sage advice.

Why Nobody Can Win the Having-It-All Race tejvanphotos/Flickr

Why Nobody Can Win the Having-It-All Race

As a Harvard student, the author collapsed on a street corner with a bleeding ulcer. Here's what she's learned after years of second-guessing her self worth.

The 10 Keys to Building the Flexible Workplace of the Future Dmitriy Shironosov /Shutterstock

The 10 Keys to Building the Flexible Workplace of the Future

Letting employees manage their own time can be good for a company's bottom line. Here's how one firm did it.

Anne-Marie Slaughter and Katie Couric: The Complete Interview Daniel Bayer

Anne-Marie Slaughter and Katie Couric: The Complete Interview

The author of The Atlantic's July/August cover story talks about ambition, parenting, and her teenage son in this uncut video from the Aspen Ideas Festival.

A 'Very Hostile' Response to Anne-Marie Slaughter shutterstock

A 'Very Hostile' Response to Anne-Marie Slaughter

Someone with a long history in international relations surely should have a better feel for a hostile attack when it comes along

The 'Having It All' Debate Should Include Women Who Have Nothing

The 'Having It All' Debate Should Include Women Who Have Nothing

It is our responsibility as educated career women to understand more comprehensively what the quest to "have it all" really means.

The 'Having It All' Debate Convinced Me to Stop Saying 'Having It All' The Atlantic/Aspen

The 'Having It All' Debate Convinced Me to Stop Saying 'Having It All'

The author of The Atlantic's explosive cover story shares what she's learned

Anne-Marie Slaughter on Maternal vs. Paternal Instincts

Anne-Marie Slaughter on Maternal vs. Paternal Instincts

In conversation with Katie Couric at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the author of the Atlantic story "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" addresses one of…

Don't Try to Have It All: Just Live With Your Choices eastbayjohn/flickr

Don't Try to Have It All: Just Live With Your Choices

Those of us with the luxury of setting our own priorities shouldn't complain too much when our choices come with inevitable consequences.

Having It All: Anne-Marie Slaughter Responds to Readers Wikimedia Commons

Having It All: Anne-Marie Slaughter Responds to Readers

The author of this month's controversial cover story says the public reaction to her piece has changed how she thinks about work-life balance.

Live Chat With Anne-Marie Slaughter: Women, Work, and Having It All Shutterstock

Live Chat With Anne-Marie Slaughter: Women, Work, and Having It All

The author of our July/August cover story came online this morning to answer readers' questions.

We Need to Tell Girls They Can Have It All (Even If They Can't) zhu difeng/Shutterstock

We Need to Tell Girls They Can Have It All (Even If They Can't)

In all this talk about work-life balance, we may be forgetting how few women actually make it to the top.

Why Do Successful Women Feel So Guilty? Reuters

Why Do Successful Women Feel So Guilty?

A business leader like Sheryl Sandberg shouldn't have needed to give female college graduates a pep talk about ambition. But she did -- and here's why.

Single People Deserve Work-Life Balance, Too Ed Yourdon/Flickr

Single People Deserve Work-Life Balance, Too

In every major city, people with and without children are quietly cobbling together more flexible schedules. We can all learn from their success.

'Having It All'? How About: 'Doing The Best I Can'? ishane/flickr

'Having It All'? How About: 'Doing The Best I Can'?

I am a single father and a work-at-home dad. The duality of my life is always with me. It's my anchor -- in many senses of the word.

How to Have an Insanely Demanding Job and 2 Happy Children Nadezhda1906/Shutterstock

How to Have an Insanely Demanding Job and 2 Happy Children

It's not impossible to travel the world with the State Department and still be a devoted parent. It just takes a lot of ingenuity and hard work.

The 'Having-It-All' Crisis Isn't About Women, It's About the 1% Jerry Bunkers/Flickr

The 'Having-It-All' Crisis Isn't About Women, It's About the 1%

The staggering speedup of jobs at the top is not a woman's problem. It's the predictable and unavoidable result of the increasing inequality of the American economy.

A Work-Life-Balance Roadmap for the 99% Wikimedia Commons

A Work-Life-Balance Roadmap for the 99%

We need to recognize that some elite jobs simply require a stay-at-home-parent

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