Feminist Progress: The Implications of Women in Power and the "Have It All" Mentality
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AbstractIn this paper, I analyze the "have it all" mentality and discuss whether women can be successful both personally and professionally. I question whether Hillary Clinton’s potential run for presidential office in 2016 will enforce the idea that women can advance into high power professions. I then discuss Sheryl Sandberg’s lean in theory and describe her three suggestions for women to find happiness in their personal and professional lives. Next, I emphasize the struggles women face when attempting to balance their work and home lives, through utilizing research studies and articles. Then, I consider the confidence gap between men and women and explore why such a gap exists. Finally, I suggest that women simply cannot have it all in today’s society, as structural, social, and physical forces act against women in their pursuit of balancing their personal and professional lives.
Degree ProgramHonors College