Voices of authority can often validate one's beliefs or make them feel empty. Jack Welch, a successful businessman and former CEO of GE, told a crowd of human resource specialists:
There's no such thing as work-life balance... There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences... We’d love to have more women moving up faster... But they’ve got to make the tough choices and know the consequences of each one.
Stay-at-home moms may find comfort in these words while a working mommy questions her nine-to-five routine. Working mother Alexandra Lebenthal, Chief Executive Officer of Lebenthal & Company LLC, took the time to respond to Mr. Welch's claims. To see what she had to say, read more. Her rebuttal:
Every time a man says it's harder to get ahead I wonder if it is because he is opposed to the idea... In my 23 years of working, I have seen many women show they could make it work... That is not to say it was easy. There are always choices and trade-offs. At the same time there are also great rewards. I have met many children of high-powered women who exhibit a tremendous sense of confidence and independence.
While some mamas choose to pursue a career, others are forced to go to work for financial reasons. Either way, it seems unfair to tell women that they "can't have it all" when there's really no evidence to state otherwise. Whose views do you agree with more: Jack Welch or Alexandra Lebenthal?