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Undecided How to Ditch the Endless Quest for Perfect and Find a Career and Life That Works for You

Enough Already With the End of Men

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 04.08.2013 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

What creeps me out is my suspicion that the real reason we are so worried about boys of late is the fact that when it comes to college or grad school or scoring the job with the corner office, girls have started to catch u

One More Reason Women Are Undecided?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 01.13.2013 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

I frequently hear from former students -- usually bright, idealistic twenty-somethings -- long after they've exchanged their college dreams for, you know, reality.

On Presidents, Aprons and Second Shifts

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 12.19.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

I'm starting to wonder if this presidential election might hinge on aprons.

What's Really Holding Women Back

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 12.02.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Somewhere along the timeline of women's liberation, the message that we can have it all morphed into an oppressive belief that we should be able to do it all.

How the Pursuit of Happiness Makes Us Crazy

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 11.28.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

We have tied ourselves up in knots of late by using happiness as the barometer of who we are, what we are and what we're doing.

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.

Reuniting With Your Inner Geek

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 11.21.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Often, the mythical mean girls we feared in grade school -- and those we fear now -- may exist only in our own heads. And when it comes to all this leftover adolescent angst, women seem to have much thinner skins than men.

Me, A Cosmo Girl?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 10.14.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

"Good girls go to Heaven, but bad girls go everywhere." So said Helen Gurley Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan and game changer for women.

Where the Chatter About Marissa Mayer Went Way Wrong

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 09.19.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

What we ought to be talking about is why the workplace remains so incompatible with motherhood in the first place -- and why we assume that fixing that is women's work.

Are We What We Wear?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 09.04.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Does fashion reflect culture, or does it sometimes shake it loose?

Goodbye, Erica Kennedy

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 08.19.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Erica Kennedy was a connector. A spark. A deep thinker and a deep feeler. I'm so sorry that I'll never know her better -- and so thankful that I knew her at all.

Leap of Faith, Please

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 05.30.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Good things are often born of chaos. Or, as we so often write: We are our failures, those blips in the road that can propel us forward. But only if we let them.

Lessons We Learned From Mad Men

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 05.23.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Mad Men doesn't pretend that these "career girls" are empowered: These gals are as hemmed in by the intractability of the system as they are by their rigid underwear.

The Two Words that Underlie the Ambition Gap

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 05.16.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Why should women have to view their dreams as an either/or proposition? Men don't.

The Top 5 Reasons Women Doubt Themselves -- And Shouldn't

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 04.16.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

We're convinced mediocre isn't going to cut it and face the pervasive belief that today's women can and should have it all: great career, hot sex, well-behaved children and granite counters.