Life is so confusing for well-educated young women. Can they really have it all? Do they first have to find a partner who will let them?
Even if they do, will they feel guilty about neglecting their children? You can see why many are tempted to try to find a rich husband and play at being yummy mummies instead.
Last week, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Hillary Clinton s most senior policy adviser, wrote a heartfelt cover story for The Atlantic magazine entitled Why Women Still Can t Have It All, explaining why, after two years, she gave up her stratospheric job to go back to university to teach and spend more time with her family.
Meanwhile, Helen Fraser of the Girls Day School Trust said girls needed to choose their partners as carefully as their careers. And Cherie Blair lamented the lack of ambition of young women who want to marry a rich man and spend their days at the gym. But while an accommodating and supportive husband is necessary for women to do well at work, it may not be sufficient.