Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of the conversation-starting cover story in The Atlantic this summer titled "Why Women Still Can't Have it All," thinks that Yahoo’s decision to tap soon-to-be mother Marissa Mayer as CEO confirms the main thesis of her piece.
"I'm all for what she's achieved," Slaughter said. "I just don't think that applies to the majority of women."
In Mayer's case, Slaughter argues, "women who are superhuman, rich and in charge of their own time can do it,” referring to the demands of having both a family and a high-profile career. “I don’t think it makes sense to say to most women 'make CEO by 37 and then have kids.’"
Slaughter wants women to have the same range of career choices and tradeoffs as men.
"Having a family often means a woman really has to change how she pursues her career. She has to take time in ways that knock her off the leadership track so, in fact, men still have choices about having career and having a family that women don’t. They still don’t have the same quality of choices."
Watch David's entire conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter above to hear more about her piece, including why it is so important to have a good partner in life to help manage both the at-home and professional responsibilities.