What is a “career woman” and do you want to be one?

Anne-Marie Slaughter’s recent article in the Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/why-women-still-can-8217-t-have-it-all/9020/ continues to create conversations around the topic of career women in the workplace. Ruth Marcus (Washington Post) in another commentary on Slaughter’s article, quotes Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, who advises women in the workplace to “put your foot on that gas pedal and keep it there until the day you have to make a decision and then, make a decision…That’s the only way, when that day comes, you’ll even have a decision to make.” In other words, there is lots of buzz about the right choices and behaviors, their implications and the consequences of career decisions for women in today’s workplace, but what is right for you? If Slaughter’s “sensible policy prescriptions” or Sandberg’s “push hard” advice leave you with more questions than answers, you might want to reach out to your network of peers, friend and colleagues who can help you reflect upon your assumptions and think proactively about your career choices–reach out (or form your own) peer career community and ask the questions that are important to you. Need ideas for launching a peer career community?  Ask us at http://www.careercollaborators.com.

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