Perhaps. But there are millions of women in the upper middle class and the culture they create and reflect affects everyone. Besides, Slaughter deserves some credit for honesty. As she recounts in the piece, when she mentioned to a friend that she was considering writing that women can't have...
We often hear about the woman in the paid workforce because she "has" to be there. What about the woman at home because she can't do paid work? I know someone raised by a SAHM who was a schizophrenic, frequently babbling out loud to phantoms throughout the day. Her husband supported her. It's unlikely she could have held down a paid job. I know other women who were or are at home largely because they don't have a place in paid labor market due to mental or emotional slowness or confusion.
Anne-Marie Slaughter's eye-catching Atlantic article, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," is being greeted with a certain reverse snobbery. We've been reminded that the choices and challenges of women with advanced degrees are hardly typical and not the sort of thing that should divert us from the problems of the middle class.
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