I am an only child. Growing up, having it all was never a problem. I always got to have it all since I didn’t need to share with anyone. As my personal and professional goals continue to evolve as I get older, I began to wonder about what “having it all” means for myself and the women around me.
The idea for the Having It All Project came a few years ago when there was a lot of talk in the media from women at the very top who defined "having it all” as the balance of work ambitions and family priorities. They advised that splitting childcare responsibilities with a supportive spouse and making it home by dinner time would ease the burden of being a working woman.
All of this I found to be interesting, but not entirely relatable. I knew that "having it all" is not as simple as the balance of work and life, having kids or not, being single or married, working for pay or staying at home, or making money or making art.
My goal with the Having It All Project is to share real women’s perspectives on what "having it all" means to them through their words and images. It is an ongoing project that continues to grow as different voices join in. I hope to open up the dialogue and encourage us all to think about the beautiful complexity of what “having it all” means to women today, decades after the phrase was coined in the early days of feminism.
This project began as an exploration with the inspiring women in my life. It is continuing with the women I meet in my travels around the world.