Shane Watson writing in yesterday’s Sunday Times says that the reason why “so many women are dissatisfied, despite seeming to have it all is because they can’t see how much they have achieved, only the missed deadlines and other women’s superior capability”.
“There’s a lot of talk about women’s ticking clocks, but the biological one is just the tip of the iceberg. We have hundreds, all timed to go off in groups, starting with a small section alarmed for our twenties and more for the ensuing decades. There are a few labelled “Where I should have got to in my career by now”, one named “Owning a place of my own” and lots of little individual clocks called things like “Earning enough to live like a grown-up”, “Having own office”, “Serious travel” and “Doing something charitable, possibly abroad”. After 40, we relax a bit and are less obsessed with notching up the credits, but we never get over that feeling that everything we do is only worth something if you get there on, or before, the deadline, and ahead of (or at least not far behind) the women we most admire. ”
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