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Finding Satisfaction in Second Best [NY Times]

17 Sep

Finding Satisfaction in Second Best [NY Times]

An interview with Debora Spar, president of Barnard College.

I use the term warily. You don’t want to go out there and say that women should settle for second best. But sometimes second best is really good, and second best is much better than fourth best or worse. Women in particular feel if I didn’t become the top C.E.O. or perfect mother, I’ve somehow blown it. . . . 

It’s horrible! Most people don’t know how to change the world by the time they’re 18. You see it particularly in this city, where most of the schools require community service. There’s something deeply oxymoronic about required volunteering. They have to have community service, they have to have sports, they have to have been president of a club. It’s just too much. I think women internalize it perhaps more than men.

 

Via Ann Friedman.

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