Former Lehman Bros. CFO Erin Callan has some advice for young women who want to follow in her successful footsteps.
DON’T DO IT!
The former executive recently expressed her regrets on not having a family and children of her own. She is married and has three stepkids, but at 47, her chances of having children are not great, and in vitro hasn’t worked.
Her revelations have many wondering if feminists sold us a raw deal – what comedian George Carlin once called “pointless careerism.” Women have matched men in the workplace, but is this a good thing?
Yes. I think it is.
The key is choice – the ability to CHOOSE a lifestyle, rather than have your destiny imposed upon you by society, which has happened to women for thousands of years. Callan has regrets, but she also had the free will to choose how to live her life. And she continues to do so, since she decided to step down as CFO, and is financially able to live her own life, with or without a spouse. That ability to choose is so important, and we can’t forget it. Sure, pointless careerism may not be the best choice – but we should hardly complain about being able to decide for ourselves.