'Having It All In 2012': Women Drastically Downsize Ambitions

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What does it mean to "have it all"? Every generation of American women seems to ask this question -- and comes up with depressingly narrow definitions. "You can have it all -- just not at once" may sound optimistic, but it's just another way of saying "you can have a great career, or you can have a great family, not both."

Citibank and LinkedIn, however, recently posed the question to the women in Citi's LinkedIn discussion group, and this time, the answers were more varied.

Nearly all the women (96 percent) believe having it all is attainable. The reason? It turns out there is no common definition -- and people's personal and professional ambitions have been downsized.

More than 1 out of 3 say that marriage is not part of their definition of "having it all"; having children is not part of the equation to 27 percent of them. Reaching the top of the corporate ladder? Only 17 percent view that essential.

Is this pragmatism a good thing? Or not? Take a look at the infographic below and let us know what you think in the comments section.

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