Sue Lawley said in the Mail this week that women can’t have it all. ” Women had to realise they cannot have the perfect family life with the perfect career and that compromises were often necessary” Sue said.
But is Sue Lawley right?
Is there an argument for saying that women can indeed have it all, just not necessarily at the same time?
There may well be compromises for women who chose to have both career and family, but those who did so enter their 50s with their children flying the nest and the opportunity to focus n their career- whether that be in paid employment, running their own businesses or the voluntary sector.
Women over 50 are reinventing themselves
Many women who have brought up their children are reinventing themselves– and having the time of their lives in their 50s and beyond. There was much debate as to whether Arlene Phillips was a victim of ageism in her very public departure from Strictly Come Dancing, but Arlene herself would be the first to say that she was in her 50s when the BBC gave her the opportunity to become a judge on the show , and hence a career as a TV personality.
I’m not arguing that there shouldn’t be more mature female presenters on prime time television- I think there should be. My point is that if women feel they missed out in not having their chosen career while bringing up their families, there are still opportunities for career success as they enter the next phase of their lives.
I personally think it is possible to have it all- family, career and relationship- but not necessarily all at once. Any thoughts?
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