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    The decision to have a child is both a private and a public decision, for children are our collective future.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    Fashions change, and with the new psychoanalytical perspective of the postwar period [WWII], child rearing became enshrined as thespecial responsibility of mothersany shortcoming in adult life was now seen as rooted in the failure of mothering during childhood.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    American feminists have generally stressed the ways in which men and women should be equal and have therefore tried to put aside differences.... Social feminists [in Europe]believe that men and society at large should provide systematic support to women in recognition of their dual role as mothers and workers.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    tags: men  women  society  mother  american 
     
    Recently we've been hearing a lot about women "having it all." Myself, I think that is not really an accurate description of female lives today. It seems to me that what we have been up to is DOING it all.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    tags: women  live 
     
    Women of my age in America are at the mercy of two powerful and antagonistic traditions. The first is the ultradomestic fifties with its powerful cult of motherhood; the other is the strident feminism of the seventies with its attempt to clone the male competitive model.... Only in America are these ideologies pushed to extremes.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    The degree to which the child-rearing professionals continue to be out of touch with reality is astounding. For example, a widely read manual on breast-feeding, devotes fewer than two pages to the working mother.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    tags: reality  read  mother  example 
     
    For women the wage gap sets up an infuriating Catch-22 situation. They do the housework because they earn less, and they earn lessbecause they do the housework.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    tags: women 
     
    The feedback women are getting at work is amazingly ineffective or vague. You need to signal to your boss or senior colleagues that you want honest feedback, and that you promise not to take it too personally.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    tags: work  women  vague 
     
    Quite simply, promotions are not just functions of ability, values, or the numbers you hit, but also rest critically on how you are perceived.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    tags: value 
     
    Women have made enormous progress on the lower and middle rungs of the career ladder, but we are failing to make the leap into senior positions. Everyone jumps to the conclusion that it's motherhood that holds women back, but often the big roadblock is the lack of executive presence.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    There are three pillars, regardless of your work culture, whether you're in Silicon Valley or on Wall Street: how you look, how you speak, and how you behave. It's all three things, and nailing them makes you a contender.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    tags: work  culture 
     
    There are six elements of gravitas critical to leadership: grace under fire, decisiveness, emotional intelligence and the ability to read a room, integrity and authenticity (people don't like fakes), a vision that inspires others, and a stellar reputation.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    Modern women are squeezed between the devil and the deep blue sea, and there are no lifeboats out there in the form of public policies designed to help these women combine their roles as mothers and as workers.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    tags: women  help  devil  mother 
     
    If you show up without makeup or looking sloppy, no matter how impressive your ideas are, no one is going to pay attention to you. People take you more seriously if you look polished.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    tags: people  attention  ideas 
     
    There are simple rules of engagement: You need to have your voice, but it has to be very intentional - be brief and to the point, with fresh ideas. Don't restate things someone else has said. Make eye contact with the person who has the floor.
    — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    tags: people  eyes  rules  ideas 
     
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