Debora Spar: Women, Despite Being Leaders, Are Still Not Wonder Women

Debora Spar, President of Barnard College, has authored yet another successful book. Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection  speaks to the unique challenges that women face in today’s society.

“Feminism gave women of my generation an infinity of choices and opportunities to lead. We could cheer for the boys and play alongside them; look effortlessly elegant while chairing a board meeting, performing surgery, or saving the world. And never for a second did we doubt we would have it all. But then we grew up and the life we were supposed to handle flawlessly in 5-inch heels suddenly became considerably more complicated. Today, women are regularly trapped in an astounding set of contradicting expectations:  to be the perfect mother and manager, the comforting spouse and competent boss. Not only do we strive to be the perfect person, and the perfect leader, but we blithely assume we will achieve it all.  And when, inevitably, we don’t, we don’t blame the media, or our mothers, or the clamoring voices of others.  We blame ourselves.”   Click here to continue reading…

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