Drew Barrymore, the woman who has been balancing an acting career and a public persona with her personal life ever since early childhood, is probably the last person you’d expect to recite the “women can’t have it all” mantra. And yet, that’s exactly what she did, while talking about juggling her new responsibilities as a mother on a panel for Lucky.
“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,” Barrymore said, via Us Magazine.
That’s fair enough, but then the actress went on to make some broader statements: “I was raised in that generation of women can have it all, and I don’t think you can. 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.”
Now, it’s perfectly alright for the Charlie’s Angels actress to explain her own struggles. However, there’s been quite an outcry about her making a blanket statement like that about all women. And what’s even more of an eyebrow raiser is the fact that these kinds of comments are coming from someone like Drew Barrymore, whom, while she isn’t currently acting or directing, is still running two businesses, Barrymore Wines and Flower Cosmetics, all while raising her daughter.
Are you sure about that, Drew?
“The work-at-home component is brilliant,” says Barrymore, 38. “I was doing all my business meetings between 12 and 2 because that’s when my daughter was napping, and it helped tremendously!”
So, while Drew might not think women can have it all, in reality she’s almost an unwitting poster child for the cause.