The feminist movement fought for the right of women to 'have it all' – the right to have success in the workplace while raising a family at home.
|Leslie Morgan Steiner, the editor of Mommy Wars, |
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But now that so many women are thought to 'have it all' what happens to those women who opt out of the workforce in favour of staying home to raise a family?
Is it really a choice or is it that family norms and pressures still prevent women from succeeding in the workplace?
In many cases, mothers may be their own worst critics – sometimes turning on a mother who has made a choice different from her own.You can watch Riz Khan at 1900GMT, with repeats at 0000GMT, 0500GMT, and 0930GMT.
On Wednesday's Riz Khan we talk to two of the leading voices on this issue. Leslie Morgan Steiner, the editor of Mommy Wars and a Washington Post blogger on the subject of working motherhood, talks about the 'choices' mothers have and make for their own happiness and argues that they should support each other in those choices.
Also joining the program is Linda Hirshman, author of Get to Work…And Get a Life, Before It's Too Late. Hirshman believes women are not as successful in the professional world because they are still shackled at home with chores and child-rearing. She disputes the notion of mothers' 'choice' when it comes to work and raising a family.
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This episode of Riz Khan aired on Wednesday November 14, 2007
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