Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Can women have it all?

My guest, Suzanne Venker, says yes but not at the same time.

Beware the career woman

Is the controversial Forbes article right?

(Dallas) An article in Forbes about the perils of marrying career women caused a firestorm last week. Though the author, Michael Noer, cites authoritative evidence that dual-income marriages are more volatile, he’s been condemned as backward, chauvinistic, and “downright frightening.” But Suzanne Venker, a mother and author, knows that he has a point we can’t ignore. The author of 7 Myths of Working Mothers: Why Children and (Most) Careers Just Don’t Mix argues that a lot is lost when women focus on their careers.

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Dispelling our most cherished myths about working mothers, Suzanne Venker argues that women can never be successful in the workplace and at home simultaneously. Women can achieve the balance they so desperately seek only by planning their careers around motherhood, rather than planning motherhood around their careers. “Accepting motherhood as a full-time job does not mean women must be completely out of the workforce. It simply means that while they have young children women will have to be creative in fitting other work around their primary obligation to their children.”

Questions I asked Suzanne Venker:

Is Noer’s article overblown or is there some truth to what he’s saying?

How does a dual-income household add stress to a marriage and a family?

Can women work full-time and be mothers full-time?

Do children benefit more from a second income or a parent in the house?

Why is there a pervasive stigma against stay-at-home moms?

CREDENTIALS: Suzanne Venker is a former middle school English teacher, now writer and full-time mother. She has interviewed on CNN, FOX, and the PAX network, as well as Janet Parshall, Dennis Prager, and Phyllis Schlafly.


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