Blast from the Past:
Career Vs. Family: A Continual Struggle For HBS Alumnae
“It’s a challenge to be a smart, driven, ambitious woman and still be a primary caregiver to one’s children,” We are taught we can ‘have it all.’ But there are sacrifices that need to be made, and women often feel as if they are ‘failing’ or ‘not living up to potential’ when making those sacrifices.”
Those were the sentiments of one woman who participated in last year’s survey of Harvard alumni women, conducted by Robin Ely, senior associate dean for culture and community. As you’d expect, Harvard women – despite their academic and career success – are struggling with the same forces that hinder all women in reconciling motherhood with their careers. If they leave the career track, their skills and network grow rusty. If they stay, they’re either handed less challenging assignments or are expected to choose work over family. Pick your poison.
No, HBS graduates aren’t immune to feeling excluded or left behind. So what do they see as holding them back from advancing? And how do they define “success” – and how has that changed since graduation? Check out this fascinating study for the answers.
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