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Debora Spar

Thank You, Shonda Rhimes: Women Can Have it All, But Not at the Same Time

Julissa Bonfante | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women
Julissa Bonfante

It will always be a challenge to strike the right balance -- you are not going to have it all at the same time but you can come up with your own formula for happiness and success. To quote Shonda: "Because that woman is happy. That woman is fulfilled."

Women: Our Disease Is Perfection

Dr. Amy Shah | Posted 05.06.2014 | Women
Dr. Amy Shah

In order for us to continue to advance in the workplace and home, we must literally and figuratively remove the airbrushed media images of female success and tame our own unrealistic expectations for ourselves.

Elizabeth Ippolito: Why I'm Giving Up on Perfect

Elizabeth Ippolito | Posted 03.26.2014 | Women
Elizabeth Ippolito

We put mounds of pressure on ourselves. Now, in our 20's and 30's, we're well on our way to having it "all" (or close to it). And we're crumbling under the pressure. We're blaming ourselves for failure and well, we're weeping over pork roast.

Shelley Gazes: Simply Put: How Releasing Perfection Brought Me Closer to Success

Shelley Gazes | Posted 03.19.2014 | Women
Shelley Gazes

When I was younger, I assumed being tough on myself was the only way to remain on a steady path to "success." But I hadn't paused to define what success really meant to me.

Misery Never Felt So Rewarding

Linda Flanagan | Posted 03.19.2014 | Books
Linda Flanagan

Jennifer Senior's book All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood is a tonic to the realist school of childrearing, exploring the grind in the job along with the bliss. We're having no fun, and we are no fun, but we wouldn't do it any differently.

WATCH: Debora Spar And Anne-Marie Slaughter Discuss Why Women Can't Have It All

Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact

In an age when the options for college-educated women seem boundless, a new debate about what women want — and whether or not they can expect to hav...

Forget About Controlling Your Thighs, and Other Wisdom from Debora Spar's Wonder Women

Linda Flanagan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Linda Flanagan

For any woman who has grappled with competing identities over the years, Spar's book is a refreshing acknowledgement of the impossible expectations women carry around with them, starting in adolescence and extending into old age.

Fear of Failing

Debora Spar | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Debora Spar

This is the generation, after all, that grew up with attachment parenting and Baby Einstein videos. They grew up playing soccer on teams where everyone was captain and watching music videos in which every girl with a gorgeous voice looked like a model as well.

Debora Spar, Barnard President: Women Are Still More Scrutinized Than Men For How They Look

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 10.08.2013 | Style

It's tough to be a powerful woman in the spotlight. While you may be higher up than many men and serve in a role previously held by a guy, you've stil...

Dispelling Notions About What it Takes for Women to Achieve and Thrive

Jane Shure | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Jane Shure

I couldn't help but think about how these subtle yet ubiquitous messages are similar to the very thing that got Spar to think that achieving would be effortless.

Why Women Can't Have It All -- And Shouldn't Even Try

The Huffington Post | Lori Leibovich | Posted 03.03.2014 | Women

In her new book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, Debora Spar persuasively argues that despite all the gains women have made in...

Striving To Have It All, Then Recalculating

New York Times | Posted 11.24.2013 | Women

"Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection," by Debora L. Spar, is the latest offering from a high-profile woman with advice for her educ...

Why Women Should Brag About Their Stay-At-Home Husbands

Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents

Debora Spar, President of Barnard College and author of "Wonder Women," recently joined HuffPost Live to discuss her new book and the state of women i...

Debora Spar On The Real Difference Between Men And Women At Work

Posted 09.23.2013 | Women

As someone who is familiar with the nuances of both female-dominated and male-dominated workplaces, Barnard College president Debora Spar knows that t...

Why She Thinks Marissa Mayer Has Been 'Attacked Unfairly'

Posted 09.23.2013 | Women

Debora Spar has some wise words for all working women who are trying to "have it all": Don’t try. The Barnard College president appeared on HuffP...

Debora L. Spar: Women, Despite Being Leaders, Are Still Not Wonder Women

Debora L. Spar | Posted 11.20.2013 | Women
Debora L. Spar

How did we get here, trapped into a very small corner by a movement that was supposed to free us? When did being good become being perfect? And, most importantly, where do we go from here?

This College President Just Might Be The Next Sheryl Sandberg

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.18.2013 | Women

Debora Spar knows what it's like to try to "have it all." The Barnard College president and former Harvard Business School professor has juggled a dem...

Why Your Career Is Stalled Even Though You are Smart and Work Hard

Kare Anderson | Posted 11.04.2013 | Women
Kare Anderson

Aligning with a powerful sponsor means you have more opportunity to use your best, often complementary talents, taking risks along the way, knowing that your alpha sponsor has your back because you leverage their success as they accelerate yours.

Perfect Bias: Why Women Underperform

Kate Baldwin | Posted 10.11.2012 | Women
Kate Baldwin

According to the scientists behind the study, the result is due not to intentional marginalization, but to "subconscious cultural influences." Are we supposed to be relieved that this discrimination isn't deliberate?

There is No Having It All, There is No Perfect (and, Spoiler Alert: There is No Santa Claus, Either)

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 11.25.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Told we can have it all, we heard we must do it all. Told we can do anything, we heard that whatever we choose to do, it better be something good... and we better do it perfectly.

Joy Resmovits

Obama's Barnard Remarks Fall Flat With Some Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.14.2012 | College

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama's commencement address Monday at Barnard College was filled with moments reminiscent of the 2008 presidential camp...

Ladies First: Studies Show Women Are Better Leaders. So Why Aren't There More of Us Leading?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 05.28.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

In the span of a little over a week, two huge studies have found that women are viewed as better leaders than men.

There's No Place Like Home

Liz Neumark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Neumark

Not only is being a female CEO an advantage (in my opinion) but for the first year and a half of our existence, all employees of Great Performances