Tuesday, August 3, 2010

What Will You Sacrifice?

I noticed this news story today and then continued to read more of the article on the dailymail from the UK.  Emma Thompson, a well-known actor, is declaring to women everywhere that you can't have it all - a career and family.  She was interviewed for an article in Good Housekeeping and she says of course you could hire someone to do things for you at home but she said she could never do that and trying to juggle it all - something has to give.

Here are some quotes:
"no woman can have the perfect career and be a faultless mother - at the same time"

"Her intervention comes at a time when the idea of 'having it all' is under attack from working mothers who find themselves run into the ground as they chase an impossible dream.

Even its most ardent cheerleaders such as novelist Fay Weldon are thinking again as they see the effects on family life."

"You can't be a great mum and work the whole time necessarily; those two things aren't ideal.

'We have an awful lot to work on and to debate about in relation to our working lives, because it isn't working for a lot of people, particularly for a lot of women."

She even inspired another actor's wife to put more into her husband and do more things for him so that he could be the breadwinner. Listen to what she had to say:

'Emma, you kind of gave me the idea that a part of my life, a part of my mind, has to be devoted to my husband. My mother's generation has been bucking against that.

'But I've just been finding so much pleasure in sacrificing sometimes for my husband - going to where he's working and tidying up his trailer because he couldn't manage to do it, and bringing him things that will make him feel better, and being a wife in a more classical way. It feels really right to me.'

It truly was an encouraging story and one we hear so often nowadays.

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2 comments:

candy ♥ said...

wow!!

Christian Homekeeper said...

Yep, that is what I said when I saw the story! It's not every day you hear an actress saying that! ;-)

Bev

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