This article is from the archive of our partner .

Stephen Colbert waded into the conversation around Anne-Marie Slaughter's Atlantic cover story about "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" by inviting her onto The Colbert Report on Monday night. Slaughter's much-discussed story on work-family balance for successful women incited a debate about what "it" really is. Colbert asked Slaughter, "Why can't you have 'it'? It's a choice. Do you have free will? Have 'it'." Slaughter responded with arguments from her piece, pointing out  that the women balancing work-family the best are either "superhuman (they don't sleep), rich (they have help around the clock), or self-employed." And in response to Slaughter's defense that women are still taking on most of the work at home? Colbert responds: "Don't do that. I don't!" Ultimately, Colbert acknowledges Slaughter must be a good mother by pulling out the magazine and showing a picture of Slaughter with her two sons: "Neither of them look like they want to be in the picture. That means you've raised two normal boys."


This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to