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New Study Says Close to Half of Female Professionals in America Are “Hanging on by a Thread”
by VERGE Staff | Career | Wednesday, June 11, 2014 

A new research study named the Getting Real About Women and Work Survey, shows that of 1,000 American women polled, 70% admit that they actually do not believe they have all the things they want and need to make them happy. According to the study, nearly half of the respondents described their life over the last year as “hanging on by a thread.”

The poll was conducted by career strategist and author of the newly released book, "Getting Real About Having It All," Megan Dalla-Camina. Dalla-Camina decided to check the pulse of women in America to see how they are doing overall with the age-old dilemma of work-life balance.

She surveyed 1,000 female professionals across the country, ranging in age from 18 to 55 to see if women in America feel they can “have it all.” Below are the findings from the survey, and in her book, she has some actionable steps women can take to improve upon their situation.

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Most American women are struggling with their wellbeing - and 40% say they are “hanging on by a thread.”

Close to 50 percent surveyed want more time to themselves – with sex at the bottom of the list!

Close to 75% of the women surveyed think it's impossible for a woman to be successful at work and at home and to “have it all.”

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“The results are startling,” says Dalla-Camina. “Particularly concerning is that while women have made great progress on the career front, 70% of women think it’s just not possible to be successful at work and home. Add to this the fact that the majority of women surveyed are really struggling with their wellbeing, and we have a scary picture of the reality of being a woman today trying to make it all work.”

Megan Dalla-Camina is a career strategist, coach, author and speaker on women, leadership and wellbeing. Megan writes for Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Wellbeing Magazine, Renegade Collective and Women’s Agenda, amongst others. Her work has been seen in Forbes, Women’s Health, Marie Claire, Human Capital, Cleo, Cosmopolitan, BRW, and The Australian, as well as TV and radio. Her first book is entitled, "Getting Real About Having It All."

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