If it’s Sunday morning on CBS, you likely will see Rita Braver on the screen. But the “CBS News Sunday Morning” correspondent admits that her TV career and busy work schedule would not be too compatible with motherhood.
With Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg advising women to “lean in” to their careers, and others like former State Department Director of Policy Planning Anne-Marie Slaughter saying women cannot truly have high-powered careers and still have the work-life balance that makes them happy, much debate has been had of late about women and work-life balance. Braver, who told genConnect in an interview that her career was coming of age a time when women simply couldn’t say “no” to, or negotiate, high-profile job offers in her field, noted that many of today’s young moms like her own daughter have more choices and flexibility – if they can afford to have a choice, that is. But it’s still not the support moms need in balancing work and family – they have to be able to rely on each other, as well. “I feel like women working together might also be able to have more flexibility in their lives,” she said.
genConnect sat down with Rita Braver at the Aspen Ideas Festival to talk about the difference between working moms of her generation and today’s young mothers, the idea of “leaning in” and advice she has for working mothers on the elusive work-life balance. Watch the video interview, courtesy of genConnect’s partnership with The Broad Side!