1. Discovered: A way to delay menopause… forever?

    For many women, the ticking of your biological clock can be incredibly stressful. But here’s some good news: An international team of researchers presenting at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology in Istanbul this week have pioneered a technique that puts menopause on hold indefinitely, allowing women to put off having children till much later in life, giving a woman more time to focus on her career, become financially stable, and perhaps most importantly, allowing her to start a family when she chooses to.

     

  2. Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former aide to Hillary Clinton, looks back on her 18 months at the State Department in the current issue of The Atlantic, and comes to a contentious conclusion: Women still can’t have it all. 

    Slaughter lays the blame for her conundrum squarely at the door of feminism, saying the movement misled women into believing that they could have a high-powered career and a family. Slaughter’s manifesto quickly became the most-read article in the history of The Atlantic's website, and has sparked lengthy responses across the internet. Here are some of the most notable:

    1. Feminists don’t claim that “women can have it all” 
    Slaughter’s entire premise is a straw man, says Maha Atal at Forbes. The feminist movement never promised women “the ability to have a completely unencumbered, full-time career and a completely involved, cook-dinner-every-day experience of motherhood without making any compromises.” The “have it all” concept “was the brainchild of advertising executives, not feminist activists,” says Stephanie Coontz at CNN.

    2. Besides, “having it all” is an impossible standard 
    "We should immediately strike the phrase ‘have it all’ from the feminist lexicon and never, ever use it again," says Rebecca Traister at Salon. “It is a trap, a setup for inevitable feminist shortfall.” The “have it all” mindset “sets an impossible bar for female success, and then ensures that when women fail to clear it, it’s feminism — as opposed to persistent gender inequity — that’s to blame.”

    3. Men would also struggle in Slaughter’s position 
    Slaughter’s job at the State Department was so demanding that she suddenly has an easier go of it by falling back to being a full-time Princeton professor who writes books and gives 40 to 50 speeches a year,says Coontz. Really, her grueling government career would be “incompatible with family obligations and pleasures for men as well as for women.”

    More responses

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  3. $234,900 — Amount a middle-income family typically spends raising a child through age 17, as of 2011

    $389,670 — Amount that families earning more than $100,000 a year typically spend per child

    3.5 — Percentage increase in kid-rearing costs from 2010, due to rising transportation, education, child care, and food expenses

    $70,000 — Total cost of housing a child through age 17, the single-biggest expense

    18 — Percentage of total child-rearing expenses funneled to child care and education in 2011

    2 — Percentage used on child care and education in 1960

    The astonishing costs of raising a child: By the numbers