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Hilary Cosell

  • ... women have fallen hook, line, and sinker for a terribly narrow, restrictive male definition of what it means to succeed. For more than fifteen years we have blindly accepted income, title, and power as our gods, exchanged them for home, hearth, and children. We have fought to mold ourselves into reasonable facsimiles of the men whose status in the professional world was a source of envy. And we did it by insisting that women, given the opportunity and the chance to compete, were basically no different from the men who excluded them by law, custom, and tradition.

  • I think we all grew up knowing something about everything except limitation. If our generation has a curse upon it, like generations are sometimes said to have, ours is believing we can have it all. Somehow those of us who grew up in the sixties, in that spirit of freedom and choice and rebellion and commitment to change, came of age and transformed into adults who are as materialistic, conformist and greedy as we thought our parents were and despised them for being. Perhaps even worse.

  • I am not really sure that it is possible for most of us to fuse the personal and professional into one smooth, charming, comfortable, and competent whole — doing everything our mothers did, and everything our fathers did as well.

Hilary Cosell, U.S. writer