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June 22nd, 2012
01:20 PM ET

Can women have it all? The Starting Point team weighs in on a debate about career vs. motherhood

Soledad O'Brien and the Starting Point team of CNN contributors Will Cain, Margaret Hoover and Ryan Lizza discussed an article that's making the rounds online.

Author Anne-Marie Slaughter's piece, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" on TheAtlantic.com, has taken on a life of it's own, sparking debates about whether high-powered moms are really achieving the dream or setting themselves up for failure.

Slaughter was the first woman Director of Policy Planning for the State Department, but she writes that getting her high-powered dream job meant that her family life would suffer.

Margaret Hoover says it's all a matter of choice for modern women. "The triumph, real triumph of the feminist movement is that women get to choose," She says. "But she has a choice to make."

Soledad, a mother of four who regularly travels while working at CNN, says she thinks society doesn't put the same pressure on men as they do women. "When my kids have issues in school, they call me...and my babysitter e-mails me during the show because someone is having a meltdown. And I know that I have to make a doctor's appointment in the commercial break because my kid has some kind a weird rash," she says. "I would just say there's a certain amount of pressure that will come on you that does not come on the husband."

She adds, "You know I think it is very difficult to have it all. I definitely like to think that I keep all of my options open so that if I had to stop working tomorrow for some reason, I would do that because you have to make decisions about your kids first. But it's very, very hard. I cannot tell you the number of times I have been on some breaking story, on a satellite phone at $8 a minute, trying to talk a crying child out of something. And you know what? It sucks. It completely sucks."

See more of what the team had to say in the video clip above.


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