Why Choose? Successful Women Can Have Careers AND Relationships

Posted by Amber Kelleher on May 1, 2014 2:02:00 PM

George Clooney Engaged

Well, it's finally happened. America's favorite eternal-bachelor George Clooney is finally going to take the plunge and get remarried. Clooney's vow to never again get hitched is a running joke among fans, many of whom fantasize about being the ones to bring him to the altar. Now it seems as if one special woman has accomplished exactly that. What is it about Amal Alamuddin that so captivated one of Hollywood's most desirable men? It turns out that the answer is much simpler than you may think!

Amal Alamuddin is not a model or an actress, though she certainly has the looks of one. She is actually an extremely accomplished international lawyer. She attended St. Hugh's College, Oxford University and the New York University School of Law, and earned both the Shrigley Award and the Jack J. Katz Memorial Award for excellence in entertainment law over the course of her education. Her law clients have included Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuila Tymonshenko, and she has represented clients both in the European Court of Human Rights and domestic courts in the U.S. and the U.K. Furthermore, she has advised many governments on matters of international law as an appointed member of several United Nations Commissions. Somehow, Alamuddin has also found time to become fluent in three languages, co-author and edit several books, and has published many articles and chapters for esteemed books. And now she is taking on another accomplishment - marriage.

What makes Amal Alamuddin so relevant for us is not that she is marrying George Clooney, but rather that she represents an extremely empowered and proficient woman that has not sacrificed her own career ambitions for fear of being single forever. Many women fear that, once they hit their thirties, their marriage prospects are sacrificed for a career instead. The media certainly hypes this fear, depicting women who invest in their careers as loveless, cold and lonely people who are doomed to evenings spent alone with an abundance of cats. Just look at movies like The Proposal, where Sandra Bullock stars as an executive editor-in-chief of a publishing company that has a reputation for being bossy, demanding, cold-hearted and resigned to being forever alone. Fortunately, she is "rescued" after falling in love with a coworker.

Ambitious single women are portrayed this way so often in the media that it has nearly become a trope of its own. This kind of negative stereotyping seems to warn women that their achievements and success will limit their chances at personal happiness, since men will be too intimidated to have an interest in them.

However, reality shows us something quite different, as is the case with Alamuddin. The couple met in Syria while working on a human rights project. Clooney, who in the past has stated his aversion to commitment, both admires and loves Alamuddin - and who can blame him? Unlike the narratives in film, books and television, the successful female protagonist in this story is not "being rescued" from spinsterhood, but rather seems to be "rescuing" her love interest from a lifelong fear of commitment.

We wish the best of luck to the couple, and present their engagement as an example to other self-assured working women. Pursue your goals, follow your dreams, and don't settle for anything less than a partner who loves and respects you entirely, and who can fully reciprocate that respect and admiration.

Successful women don't have to settle. You deserve a match that complements you completely. Click here to find out more about how Kelleher International can find your perfect mate today.



Topics: Relationships

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