Are We Doing it Well?
This coming Thursday, February 18th, Jolynn Shoemaker will be speaking at a WIISWest event to be held at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. During the conversation: "Getting it Right: the Work/Life Balance" Jolynn will share some thoughts about her own career and how family considerations have factored into her career direction and decisions in recent years. She will address some of the pressures and realities of working within the women, peace, and security field, and the changing perspectives about career goals and success in this arena that may open the way for more fluid and creative career paths. In preperation for the event, as Jolynn and I were discussing the topic, much of what is written in a recent article by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was brought up.
This "having it all" myth is an exclusive one that, in many ways, is disempowering. Most working women (and men for that matter) work because they have to support and care for their family. It is neither a choice nor a luxury.
Working to "have it all" creates both a societal and self-imposed expectation of perfection which in turn adds another layer of pressure creating further stress. Perhaps, as Senator Gillibrand suggests, it is time to change the conversation and figure out how to do it well.
We hope to see you on the 18th.