Harvard Business Review is facing immense criticism on Twitter as it is being accused of having made an "offensive" statement in a tweet shared by their handle @HarvardBiz that said, "You can't be both. Stop trying.", in the caption. Not just the caption but also the article, Ideal Worker or Perfect Mom? written by Alison Beard. The accusations made by netizens consider the caption and the story demeaning to women and to be implying that "women have to choose between work or motherhood—or that they can't excel at both". While the premise in which the tweet is said to have been made in a different way than what it is being understood by Twitter, the backlash doesn't seem to stop.

Harvard Business Review even posted an update tweet on how the context of the caption is being misunderstood, but looks like people cannot stop finding it offensive. The tweet contains the link of an article is titled "Ideal Worker or Perfect Mom?". The opinion article consists takes at new book releases like Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Unfinished Business and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. However, the caption that read: "You can't be both. Stop trying.", may have given an impression that the author is trying to say that a woman cannot do both the things. Take a look at the tweet:

Harvard Business Review posted an update after the backlash that read: "We appreciate the feedback. The tweet was meant to refer to the impossibility of meeting society's high standards for both mothers and workers, a theme of the article. It was not meant to imply that women have to choose between work or motherhood—or that they can't excel at both."

Take a Look At The Reactions:

Here's How Barkha Dutt Reacted

She Further Commented


Another Angle To The Controversy


"Woman struggling with feeling overwhelmed and guilty"


The tweet has been receiving consistent backlash and is being criticised for the caption of the tweet and the headline of the article. Some people who read the story also said that they didn't find it any different from what the headline implies.

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