Forget Work-Life Balance


Prior to reading Anne-Marie Slaughter’s controversial June 2012 article for The Atlantic entitled, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” I had never spent a lot of time exploring the concept of “Work-Life Balance.” The idea that I couldn’t achieve all my personal and professional goals never occurred to me. Call me optimistic or naive, but the first thing I thought when I read the title of the article was, “Why not?” Slaughter’s article sparked countless discussions about the idea of “Work-Life Balance,” an idea that people (usually women) have to juggle their professional ambitions against their personal goals.

Here are a few related articles:

  • Straightening Out the Work-Life Balance (
  • When are we going to involve men in discussion of work/life balance? (The Guardian)
  • Work-Life Balance Isn’t Just for Moms — All the Single Ladies Want it Too (Jezebel)

I could write a long post about this, but I figured a visual would get my point across just as effectively, or at least quicker.