Drew Barrymore: Women Cannot Have It All

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Speaking to Us Weekly at a fashion conference on Thursday, Drew Barrymore made some comments that may land her in trouble with feminists around the country.

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Since giving birth to daughter Olive last September, the actress said she has had to give up "so much" in her professional life in order to be a mother.

"You know that you're going to miss out on your child’s upbringing or you realize that your relationship is going to suffer if you work night and day and weekends," Barrymore said.

Barrymore has no regrets about movies she's passed on or projects she cannot produce, saying one gets "instinctual" regarding the balance of one's career and one's family life.

But she disagrees with females who claim it's plausible to take good care of a child and succeed at the top of the business game.

"Unfortunately, I was raised in this like generation of like, '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 important."

So don't look for Barrymore to get behind the camera as a director any time soon.

But do look for her to read to her daughter each and every night.

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She's absolutely right. There are only 24 hours in a day and how we choose to spend them impacts everything. I don't think it's particularly anti-feminist to accept that. Women and families are put in a really tough position in our society. Equal pay and true universal preschool could help a lot.

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She has simply discovered what men have always known: you can't DO it all. You can HAVE children, you can HAVE a high-powered CAREER, you can HAVE any number of time-consuming activities... but you can't DO it all and expect wonderful results. Something will take short shrift.