Observing Parents and Children in Public
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As Ms. Bolick agonizes over whether to center the rest of her life on her career or her relationships, I’m enjoying both. I watched my daughter take her first steps from my perch at the kitchen table, where I sat with my laptop editing a New York Times bestselling book. My daughter is older now, and she often sits beside me at the kitchen table where I still work. I write op-eds and book chapters in between math and reading lessons, and I answer my email in between meetings at the local home-schooling co-op.
If anything, my career has benefitted from my decision to raise a family, because I’ve had the freedom to take advantage of educational and career opportunities that would not have come up if I’d been locked in an office all day. If I can manage to make this work, so can other women.
But Hymowitz isn’t saying women shouldn’t work. Instead, she provides a book full of evidence to suggest tactfully that to embrace womanhood more fully, young women should embrace its blessings together with its limitations.
So, in a way, Kelly Ripa hit the issue on the head. No doubt she’s one of the most successful working women today. But she didn’t reach professional success at the expense of forgetting a fundamental part of womanhood: “We give birth.”