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I’m glad Anne-Marie Slaughter thinks parenting should be more appreciated in our culture. But her essay in the current Atlantic—”Why Women Still Can’t Have It All”—didn’t make me feel her pain.

Slaughter quit a senior state department job, in part, she writes, because she felt her two adolescent sons needed her at home. Now she’s back at Princeton giving them her attention, while also teaching a full course load, writing print and online foreign policy columns, giving 40 to 50 speeches a year, appearing regularly on TV and radio, and working on a new academic book. She no longer, however, can sip champagne with foreign dignitaries at Washington receptions.

As she realized that she couldn’t have it all, “The feminist beliefs on which I had built my entire career were shifting under my feet,” she says.