Life comes with the difficulty of trying to manage family and career at the same time. In the article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” the author Anne-Marie Slaughter is explaining how tough it is to balance family and career together. You have to take out time for your kids or else they will drift away from you, but you also have your job to handle or else you will lose that. Women have not yet received the fairness with men in workforce. I believe that it is tough for a women to handle her family and career together, and men get recognized more than women in the workforce. There should be equality between men and women because women work hard as much as men do.
When comparing Anne – Marie Slaughter, the author of “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All”, and Ellen Ullman, the author of “How to be a Woman Programmer”, both possess a strong feminist perspective within their writing. In their articles, both female authors touch a nerve across generations, among both men and women, that has set off a new public debate on women’s progress and work-life balance. Slaughter and Ullman both agree that society still considers the woman to be the primary caregiver within the relationship. Due to these views, both women are combating sexism within the workplace, but, despite this, both are strong, career driven women.
Women and the battle to maintain a work-lifestyle balance has been consistently debated and toyed with by society for ages. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Professor of Politics and author of “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” explains the continuous hardship of balancing a career and a family; as well, Stephen Marche, writer and author of “Home Economics: The Link Between Work-Life and Income Equality” combats Slaughter’s article and the many gaps present in society. Slaughter and Marche compare and contrast the differences of the leadership gap between men and women, the strategies of maintaining a work-balance lifestyle in regards to family, and the type of dialogue representing men in articles written by women.
Richard Dorment, on the other hand, argues why men also can 't have it all. While Slaughter chooses to give up her job position to be with her family, like many women did, Dorment is stating why men ended up having to make the sacrifice to give up their family time as the result. However, “Chalk up to social conditioning ( men are raised to be the providers, so it 's easier for them to be them to be absent) or genetic predisposition ( men are not naturally nurturing) or emotional shallowness ( men aren 't as in touch with their feelings), but there is the sense, down to the man, that missing their kids is the price of doing business” (Dorment 709). Although men found it easier to go on a business trip, but they still miss and wish to spend time with their family: “...Nearly every [men] admitted to missing his kids on late nights at the office or aching for home while on a business trip” (Dorment 709). In addition, men have to work longer hours in office while women spend more time around the house and kids.
Women in today’s society hold jobs even of higher power, and have further aspirations beyond motherhood and wifely duties in the household. Commonly most houses in the twenty first century are dual income, both the male and female branch out into the workforce. For example Meyera Oberndorf states in The Changing Role of Women in the 21st Century, “Women are experiencing greater economic gains, greater independence and the enhanced sense of self-worth which comes from making valuable contributions in the workforce.” However, as much as the times have changed and the progress we have made, issues from the fifties such as sexism have still stuck around. Although women are given more opportunities to find jobs and receive income, the amount is
Because of some statistics about women 's work, Hekker views her work as unique work which needs special care. However, the author mentions that people view her as an outsider, shamed, and out-of-date person because of her occupation. Hekker adds that other newer statistics put her hope down as the number of housewife mother is decreasing. Thus, the author clarifies that she must be treated as an important and unique creature because she is going to be one of the few housewives. Hekker concludes by mentioning that being a housewife is a heroic job if and only if the works that a housewife does is for children, husband, and house of someone else.
The concept of motherhood and the role of women have existed since the beginning of time and throughout various points it has differ. There is no limit to what can be considered motherhood. To one person, motherhood might mean the act of raising children and taking care of their family, and to another; motherhood might be what defines them as a person. This is seen in Tillie Olsen’s short story “I Stand Here Ironing” and the “Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In both stories, the main characters were dealing with the struggles of motherhood and being a wife.
Janie should follow the stereotypical, traditional role women follow, where “men are encouraged… to place [themselves] at the center… while women are forced to center around and serve the needs” of others (Ellison 98). The main goal of women is to take care of the family and the home. Janie, including all other women around the world should be satisfied with her life as the less powerful sex. “A gulf of inequality between men and women… establishes men’s superiority and normative status” (Ellison 98). “The women actively participated in their part of the work, therefore, they complement the men’s part” (Gonzalez 32).
Even though she is seen over doing her role as a mother and as a wife but there have been times when she has revealed her true self as powerful and confident. The author criticizes the fact that it is not always the case that motherhood demands the suppression of feminism and the sexuality of women. This can easily be defined by deriving the examples of everyday life. The women today are scattered in all the professions in spite of the fact that they have a family to look after. Women are pilots and soldiers, and their sexuality does not restrict them to play their responsibilities as mother and wife.
In the 1970’s women were expected to stay at home and take care of the household. They were usually not expected to further their education, but instead take care of the children or tend to their husbands’ needs. In 1972 Judy Brady decided to let the readers of Ms. Magazine know how she felt about her “duties”. In her short essay, “Why I Want a Wife,” Brady uses pathos to connect and appeal to the reader’s emotions while explaining why she wants a wife.
Judy Brady’s “I Want A Wife” is a revolutionary piece that attempted to reveal the unequal roles men and women held in society. She goes through her prose by listing all the responsibilities her wife must have and the ways to make her happy. Brady’s whole article is satirizing these roles and is, in general, very sarcastic in her tone. She mocks a society that has given women an impossible standard and she starts with the deprivation of her education then continues with the role her wife should play in domestic ways, and then finishes with the expectations the sexual aspects of their relationship. I believe that Brady’s underlying message was and still is important for the development of equality in our nation.
In the articles, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Richard Dorment, an editor at Esquire Magazine, portray their views on the difficulties on being family care-givers in corporate and government workplaces. Slaughter uses pathos, and logos to portray her arguments on why women cannot have a family and a corporate/government job in today’s society. Whereas Dorment uses mainly logos to address his argument that men too have difficulty when it comes to having a family and a corporate job because some professions are not just male dominated fields but are dominated by women, such as teaching. Firstly Slaughter uses pathos to convey her argument to the everyday woman.
Is it the wife's job to carry out the daily duties of the house? Is it expected that the wife do all the work around the house? In the article “Why I Want a Wife” by Judy Brady she talks about everything she does as a wife and a mother. She explains the hardships she endures by doing these things everyday. Judy Brady uses the rhetorical techniques such as ethos, logos, and pathos to support her article, along with connecting personally with the reader.
Women were taught that the greatest success was gaining a husband and bearing children. Eventually, running a household and raising children would provide the ultimate trophy of life. However, after women succeeded in this, they still felt unworthy or they would say, “I feel as if I don’t exist.” (Friedan 64) Edna also struggles with the realization that her life has not given her the fulfillment that she expected.
In the 21st century, women must have a career and job to support a family compared to the 1950’s when women had the choice to be a stay at home mother or have a career. Spigel states, “Like Donna Reed, who sacrificed her nursing career for life with Dr. Alex Stone […]” (Spigel 224) the author is indicating that most women during the 1950’s decided to be a homemaker because that was what society expected of them. Television emphasized and valued the role of the ideal wife and a homemaker. Furthermore, TV shows like The Donna Reed Show illustrated wives to be marginal at home and central to the economy. Haralovich states, “In her value to the economy, the homemaker was at once central and marginal” (Haralovich 70).