Art Info’s Response to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s recent controversial article in The Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” asks how this issue applies specifically to women with careers in art. As an artist and designer who is about to get married this fall, I can’t deny this question fills my head regularly. I surround myself with incredible women who seem to be making it happen on a daily basis and I’m constantly amazed – picking their brains as often as I can. I think it’s great that this issue continues to be discussed on a broader scale. The article asks “Where does the drive to ‘have it all’ come from, and at what cost?” I most agreed with artist Jennifer Dalton’s response to the chosen title when she said that “‘having it all’ is an offensive way to frame the problem. No one gets to have it all; using that phrase makes legitimate feminist goals of equal opportunity seem childish, absurd, and materialistic.” She adds, “What I don’t like is her framing of women’s choices as more fraught than men’s because women inherently feel less comfortable working and spending time away from their children than men do.” The article includes many more thoughtful responses and makes for an interesting read. Are you a parent with a career in art? If so, can you share some of your discoveries?
~ illustration by artist Jennifer Dalton