Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” published in the Atlantic last summer reignited an important conversation. A conversation that is filled with opinion, emotion, and countless points of view. A conversation without an easy solution or truly a universal solution. But, a conversation that can break barriers and open doors for all, if we all really listen and then act. What “HAVING IT ALL” means for any one person relates directly to that person’s own priorities, realities, and opportunities.
As young women, we are encouraged to pursue our dreams, to have ambition and career goals, to have a wonderful family…to “have it all.” For most of us, while we are busily pursuing our degrees, we truly believe that this is possible. Eventually, reality hits. We start to realize that “having it all” is not as simple or easy as we once thought. We have to prioritize and make choices, and we think “if only I had known…I would have chosen differently.”
At Women In The Mix, we believe that “work-life balance” is a misnomer but that “work-life mix” is an attainable reality. A “mix” by definition is to combine (substances, elements, things, etc.) into one mass, collection, or assemblage, generally with a thorough blending of the constituents. At WITM we know that the hectic pace and fullness of life requires recognizing that the mix is fluid in nature and allows for shifts in time, energy, priority and all the unexpected. This week we kick-off the The Wixii Project: what does “HAVING IT ALL” really look like? Through the collective experiences, choices, and inspirations of women in the mix, we hope that our efforts will empower women and practically guide career and life choices so that women can live more content, fulfilling, and inspiring lives…in a word, THRIVE.