As a wife, mother, sister, friend, employee, student and entrepreneur I would have to disagree with Julie Bishop’s comment that women can’t have it all.
First and foremost Julie, if you considered your own mother, you would have quickly ascertained that mothers are super human and we don’t ask for any special treatment as a result of this label. Isn’t it enough that society labels us differently in the workforce just because we are ‘women’?
Whether you are a MAN or a WOMAN, yes you can have it all! Those women that choose to stand down from their demanding corporate careers need to make it clear if they did this of their own accord. If it’s a choice they made based on where they are in life, i.e. they had their share of the corporate adrenaline and now want to focus on raising their children.
As we go through life our needs and wants change continuously so it is ridiculous to label that as ‘you can’t have it all’ Yes you can! You just have to adjust and make some sacrifices in order to get there.
For me working full-time, studying part-time, trying to start-up a business and dedicating myself to my Toastmasters community all whilst also being a wife and mother indicate to me that YES I can have it all. It’s a matter of setting some realistic boundaries and getting on with it. I don’t want anyone’s pity nor do I want anyone telling me that I can’t have it all. That is my privilege.
We all want a better life not only for ourselves but for our children too. To all the hard working mothers and fathers out there, you are setting a good example for your children and being a great role model by showing your children that life is all about choices and commitments. Everyone’s work-life balance is unique to their circumstances and goals they want to achieve.
I am sick to death of this label placed upon ‘women’ especially in today’s society where there are so many great ‘fathers’ role reversing and being the primary parent in a household.
Whether you are a man or a woman YES you can have it all, it’s just a matter of timing, resourcefulness, setting realistic expectations and commitment.