Can Women Have It All? Celebrity Moms Sound Off

Gwyneth Paltrow looks like a very happy mom as she picks her children Moses and Apple up from school in Los Angeles

Can women really have it all?

New mom Drew Barrymore recently opened up about the illusion of having a ‘perfect’ life. When asked how she does it all, she replied: “I can’t and I don’t.”

She added: “It sucks when you’ve worked really hard for certain things and you have to give them up because you know that you’re going to miss out on your child’s upbringing, or you realize that your relationship has suffered.”

Being a new mom to 6-month-old daughter Olive — her first child with husband Will Kopelman — Drew has had to take a break from directing.

“I can’t direct right now because I would miss out on my daughter,” she explained. “It was heartbreaking to let it go, but it was a clear choice.”

“I was raised in that generation of women can have it all, and I don’t think you can,” she added. “I think some things fall off the table. The good news is, what does stay on the table becomes much more in focus and much more important.”

Let’s hear from some of our favorite celebrity moms on the concept of having it all. Is it really possible?

  • Katie Couric:

Celebrity Baby Scoop caught up with Katie Couric at BlogHer in New York City last summer. “My daughters are my best accomplishment,” the proud mom said.

At the conference, the successful broadcast journalist went on to say that women can have it all…with the help of many people, including nannies, and so on.

  • Isla Fisher:

Wedding Crashers actress Isla Fisher and her husband, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, are parents to daughters Olive, 5, and Elula, 2. The Confessions of a Shopaholic star recently opened up about the illusion of having it all.

“You can’t ‘have it all – it’s a total myth,” Isla said. “Whatever you are lucky enough to get should be fabulous enough. I have never met anyone with the perfect career and the perfect family life. Something always has to suffer.”

  • Gwyneth Paltrow:

Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow seems to have it all! With a successful marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and their two gorgeous kids - daughter Apple, 8, and son Moses, 6 – it seems life is perfect for the famous actress.

But don’t be so quick to judge. Gwyneth recently talked about the myth of a perfect-looking life.

“You can’t have it all,” Gwyneth said. “I don’t care what it looks like…. I look for an interesting supporting part about once a year. That’s the most I can manage. Some women can do it and that’s fantastic, but I can’t.”

So what constitute “it all” for women? I would say this is defined as a marriage, children, career, social life, “me” time, and fulfilling friendships.

Something’s gotta give if a woman want this “perfect” life. While many of us can have aspects of the above, sacrifices must be made and the list must be prioritized.

This topic is one of the greatest debates. And now that I have three children and ten years of marriage under my belt, what’s my two bits? Women can’t have it all, so let’s stop pressuring ourselves to appear perfect and all-together.

What do you think? Can women really have it all?

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