Being a woman in the workplace, I gobble up any information, printed, podcast, broadcast or discussed, that will help me find the right balance between being in the office and being at home. I’m among the first full generation that was a benefactor of the women’s movement in the 1970s. We grew up believing we could “bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan, and never, never forget (he’s) the man.” And thus, the push for women to have the equality to choose a career while not giving up the ability of raising a family began and decades later we are debating what “it all” means and if it is actually possible.

Lately, there is even more discussion about work/life balance with Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In, which encourages women to get a seat at the table. Her argument is women need to have a paradigm shift in how we see ourselves in the corporate world. Warren Buffet agrees as he stated in a recent interview, “Everybody should get a chance to live up to their potential. And women should not hold themselves back.”  The recent conversations help show our attitudes toward our place in business, which is as much a stumbling block to our success as is the corporate culture. This empowerment helps bolster our confidence as we negotiate salary, promotions, and positions within our industry.

In early May, NPR’s Renee Montagne spoke with Ann-Marie Slaughter about her recent article in The Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” This article is viewed by some as controversial in a time when women are being prodded toward being more proactive in the workforce. Slaughter, a tenured professor at Princeton was the first woman director of policy planning at the State Department under Secretary Clinton. She commuted from D.C. to New Jersey every weekend in order to balance her career passions with being a wife and mother. In short time she came to realize that the tight schedule and demand of travel wouldn’t allow her the flexibility, or moreover, the satisfaction to have both a family and career. According to Princeton’s rules, she had to return to her position within two years to keep her tenure, which gave her the opportunity to return to the previous normalcy she’d had. Slaughter continues to work outside the home, but in a position that has some flexibi