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.

3 Charts Explaining How Moms and Dads Balance Work and Family Reuters

3 Charts Explaining How Moms and Dads Balance Work and Family

(3) Why fully employed mothers spend more time taking care of their kids than fully employed dads.

Men Can't Have It All, Either Dan Harrelson/Flickr

Men Can't Have It All, Either

But superstar women are judged more harshly than their male peers when they choose to put family ahead of career.

The Secret Shame of the Working Mother

The Secret Shame of the Working Mother

A woman who wants to make it home for dinner shouldn't have to sneak out of the office.

'Supermoms' Should Tell the Truth About Their Perfect Lives Reuters

'Supermoms' Should Tell the Truth About Their Perfect Lives

They make it look easy. But the women who seem to "have it all" are navigating mazes of complex logistics every day.

Why There's No Such Thing as 'Having It All'—and There Never Will Be Jerry Bunkers/Flickr

Why There's No Such Thing as 'Having It All'—and There Never Will Be

When smart women lament the challenges of having everything at once all of the time, they sound awfully childish

Women Having It All: The Debate So Far Shutterstock

Women Having It All: The Debate So Far

Who agrees, who disagrees, and why

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