How can PR professionals achieve true work-life balance?

It depends on at least four factors, says the author, who is the managing director at a PR agency and the mother of two teenage boys.

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These questions spurred fiery debate this year when Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote a controversial article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” for the July/August issue of The Atlantic. In her piece, Slaughter claims that a high-powered career and family are mutually exclusive. Contrary to feminist teachings that women can “have it all,” Slaughter says that she left a high-profile job at the State Department to be more present for her teenage sons.

Slaughter’s article prompted a heated response, with many women pointing out that “having it all is an impossible standard” and that Slaughter’s job was so demanding that it would be “incompatible with family obligations and pleasures for men as well as for women.”

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