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A Singular Woman by Janny Scott
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Jun 29, 2012

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I'm glad to have read this book finally. Stanley Ann Dunham is a pretty fascinating person, and learning about the choices she made regarding her career and family were very interesting to me, especially in light of Anne Marie Slaughter's recent article in The Atlantic about why women (arguably) cannot have it all, which I've been thinking about a lot lately. Ann Dunham accomplished a ton of impressive work and was a role model for many of her younger female colleagues, but she definitely didn't have it all, and found herself compromising a lot in her choices. I sympathized, for example, with her sadness at barely being mentioned in the NYT article about Barack when he became the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review.

I definitely admire Ann Dunham, but I wouldn't aspire to a life like hers. All in all, though, she deservedly should be among the mix of female role models young girls and women learn about.

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