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“It is so unthinkable that an official would actually step down to spend time with his or her family that this must be a cover for something else.”

Anne-Marie Slaughter on how career-obsessed Washingtonians assume that anyone who decides to get off the fast track must have been forced by failure or disgrace. In a provocative new essay for The Atlantic, the former State Department director of policy planning — who left that job last year to spend more time with her family, in fact — argues that “women still can’t have it all,” that no one should feel bad inadequate if she can’t “rise up the ladder as fast as men and also have a family and an active home life (and be thin and beautiful to boot).”

Why Women Still Can’t Have It All, The Atlantic, July/August