09/11/2013 11:07 am ET Updated Nov 11, 2013

Ambitious Women Face More Obstacles Than Just Work-Life Balance

For the past year and change, the American conversation about women and leadership has revolved around challenges of work-life balance -- which most of the time actually means "work-family balance."

The women we're hearing from -- Anne-Marie Slaughter, Sheryl Sandberg, and the rest -- aren't jetting out of the office at 5:30 to train for a marathon or learn Chinese or even just binge-watch Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. They're leaving "early" to take care of their children. And so we talk about having it all, leaning in, or opting out -- and we talk about women who don't make it to the very top of their companies, still, as if it's a personal choice.

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