Supermom: Can career women have their cake and eat it, too?

Women “having it all” has been trending on Twitter ever since the July cover story of The Atlantic Monthly came out and Marissa Mayer was named the new CEO for Yahoo.

Only they seem to be sending mixed messages. Marissa is pregnant (expecting her first child in October) and left the Google giant (net worth pushing $200 billion) to take on the hefty job of turning Yahoo around (net worth $20 billion). She’s also the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. The world is watching for nothing short of an Apple miracle, and I for one am excited for women that pregnancy is no longer a barrier to positions of power. At least not in the United States.

But there’s a chorus of women who are asking, “At what cost?” and . . . “What about the baby?”

Anne-Marie Slaughter essentially asked herself that question 18 months into her job as the first woman director of policy planning at the State Department. Slaughter wrote the cover story in the Atlantic Monthly, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All.” The photo of the baby in a leather briefcase flanked by a skirt and heels caught my attention. Because yes, I can relate.

I came out of full-time motherhood to begin a new career when my third child was barely two. The joke in our home is that when I was working in another state for a month my husband stuck gum in our toddler’s mouth every time he asked for Mama. He still loves gum today. It’s funny, but it reminds me of the sacrifices we made. Fortunately, my husband was between jobs and could care for the children while we sorted out our new lives.

In the end, I didn’t have to choose between work and family. At least not exactly.

I worked hard that first year to earn a flexible schedule so I could be home in time for the school bus, prepare dinner, and help with homework. I kept my two jobs and got less sleep, but that was no reason to complain.

You can read the full article on CNN’s iReport here.


  1. says

    I very much enjoyed your post and link to the Atlantic Monthly article. I read your post through Christian Science in Canada, although I’m in North Carolina. I did not see a “follow” option but I will continue to check out your blog! I have really enjoyed blogging since my first baby was born 5 month ago. I, too, am having the wonderfully challenging experience of combining motherhood and career. It’s very comforting to read about other moms!

    • Ingrid Peschke says

      Thanks Adrienne! I checked out your fun blog on adventures in motherhood, too. I remember well the first time our son slept through the night and it was such a wonderful surprise to see the sunlight streaming into his room. You can subscribe to my blog on the homepage. I hope you’ll come back again and share your ideas with the community :)

  2. Virginia McCullough says

    Loved the description of how you worked prayer into your daily life. It is a moment by moment opportunity. Also appreciated that it is up to each individual to know what is right for themselves. I’m so grateful to know how practical prayer is as explained in Christian Science. I hope to leave a comment on CNN iReport. Just waiting for a log in confirmation from them.