For working mothers trying to “do it all” nothing is ever easy — or glamorous.
In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, Harlow and several other CNN anchors share their experiences of balancing motherhood and a career.
Just five days after giving birth, the CNN Newsroom correspondent sat down to interview Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — all while wearing an adult diaper.
When Harlow was approached to interview the notorious RBG at Columbia University, she initially declined because she was three months pregnant with her second child and worried she might be in labour the day of the event.
“They came back to me and said, ‘Are you really saying no to interviewing a sitting Supreme Court justice?'” After being promised a back-up interviewer, Harlow accepted.
“But here’s the crazy thing,” Harlow added. “I’m sitting on the stage, interviewing Ruth Bader Ginsburg—and wearing a diaper. Any woman who has had a baby will understand this. You have to wear, like, Depends after the baby is born.”
While Harlow recalls being called “superwoman” for conducting the interview so soon after giving birth, she hopes her candidness will highlight the fact that despite appearances, it’s not easy for mothers, whether you’re working or not.
“I’m like, ‘If you only knew.’ I tell you this at the risk of grossing people out. That is what it’s really like to try to ‘do it all,'” she said.
The concept of “having it all” or “doing it all” is another topic addressed by the CNN anchors in the Cosmo piece.
Kate Bolduan, anchor of “At This Hour with Kate Bolduan” revealed a valuable piece of advice given to her from Candy Crowley, CNN’s former chief political correspondent.
“She said, ‘Kate’—and this was before I had kids, before I was even married — ‘You can have it all. You cannot have it all at the same time.’” Bolduan said. “It meant something then and it means so much more now, which is: Don’t have unreasonable expectations of yourself. Sometimes something’s gonna fall through the cracks at home. It probably means you are killing it at work. Something might fall through the cracks at work. It means you’re being supermom at home.”
Like Bolduan, Harlow was given another piece of advice from a female CEO.
“I’m not having it all right now,” Harlow said, “but I’m having a lot of good. Not a lot of sleep, but a lot of good.”
Interviewing Ruth Bader Ginsburg? That’s pretty great achievement. Interviewing RBG in a diaper? Even more impressive.