The current discussion of women’s lives focuses too much on work life, too little on the rewards of family life, argues writer Elsa Walsh. In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Walsh says she finds the argument over what women want “to be a narrow conversation, centered largely on work, as though feminism is about nothing more than becoming a smart and productive employee and rising to the top.”
She adds, “The debate has become twisted and simplistic, as if we’re merely trying to figure out how women can become more like men. Instead, let’s ask: How can women have full lives, not just one squeezed around a career?”
Deciding not to try to “have it all” is the path to having it best, Walsh argues. “For a woman to say she is searching for a ‘good enough’ life is not failure—it is maturity and self-knowledge.”
Read Elsa Walsh’s essay here, and then share your opinions. Do you agree with Walsh that the values of family life are underappreciated by Sheryl Sandberg in her “Lean In” and others? Is Walsh’s definition of “good enough” good enough for you?