The Ambition Decisions
What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life
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The socioeconomic forces shaping women’s lives have changed dramatically in a generation, leaving many women without clear templates for success. Ambitious, successful women generally face similar obstacles, often with little mentoring or support. Women strive to reach their career goals, while also performing more emotional labor than men and handling child-rearing responsibilities. Essayists Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace interview fellow 1990s Northwestern University alumnae to learn how they navigated the complex forces shaping their lives.
About the Authors
Hana Schank contributes to The New York Times, The Atlantic and The Washington Post, and is the strategy director for New America’s Public Interest Technology. Elizabeth Wallace worked for Vogue, Seventeen, Nylon, Lucky and Us Weekly, and contributes to Architectural Digest and Domino.