A majority of readers who responded to the Patch poll measuring opinions agree in some fashion with author Anne-Marie Slaughter’s thesis in the July/August Atlantic that women cannot have it all in today’s environment.
As of noon Sunday, 31 people responded to the poll with 17 saying it is not possible under today’s circumstances while six more think it is possible, as Slaughter writes, “Only if she’s superwoman.” Eight think hard work is enough to make the difference.
One reader, Jim, does not think it is possible for men or women to achieve everything. “Neither women nor men can do or have it all,” he writes. “Do we really need to rely on an ‘expert’ in a magazine article to tell us something that is self evident?”
Another reader, June Shellene in responding to Jim, sees the answer in Laurie Anderson’s song, Only an Expert. “Very in your face to that pervasive and misguided philosophy,” she writes.