When I graduated from Barnard College over a decade ago, my class was not treated to the uplifting feminist message we had come to expect from our feminist professors. Joyce Purnick, the first woman Metro editor at theTimes, contradicted the feminist-era message that women could have it all and be the equals of men when she stated that women with children simply could not compete with women who did not have children and, of course, with men.
Essentially, she told us to have children or have a career. We couldn’t have both.
Last year Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, chided Barnard graduates not to “leave before you leave.” As soon as women decided to have children, she observed, they checked out and stopped trying. She exhorted the next generation of women to hang in there and not give up the fight, despite the male-dominated culture.Featured Posts, Updates and tagged featured. Bookmark the permalink.