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Last night, "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed a panel of powerful women to discuss two women making waves in the news and in business today. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg just released a book titled "Lean In" in which she encourages younger women to tackle any obstacles not faced by men. Yahoo!'s CEO Marissa Mayer recently announced a policy requiring all employees to come into the office instead of being able to work from home.
"Marissa Mayer is in a very unique situation," Suzy Welch, author of "10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea," said. "She's in a turn-around situation where she has to get everybody in the room to fix the culture and the performance of her company. And to do that when some people are not in the office is just very difficult... They couldn't accuse her of being insensitive to working moms, because she's a working mom."
Welch pointed out to Piers Morgan that "it's not a lot of men making noise about Sheryl's book. It's women." "Look, mothering in America is a competitive sport," she explained.
Welch's comments resonated with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who explained how she raised her newborn while serving as a state senator in Florida:
"[I] knew that I needed to continue to go up to Tallahassee to vote for my district, and also wanted to nurse her," Wasserman Schultz began. "So I pushed, while I was pregnant, for the Senate president at the time to allow me to build off a little part of my office that would allow me to put the creche, the pack 'n play in my office, and have a door I could shut so that I could nurse her and still be there for her and run back and forth."
Leigh Gallagher, Fortune magazine's assistant managing editor, took a different approach to balancing work and motherhood. Gallagher explained the reasoning behind freezing her eggs:
"When we talk about leveling the playing field, this is the one thing that will never go away between men and women. I edit our 40 Under 40 List, which is the rising stars in business under 40. And every year, it's much harder to find women whose accomplishments match that of the men, where that's not true for women in their 40s and older. That's because women have to take this step off."
Gallagher's case was a little different. "It was not because I had so much work left to do. It was more that I was getting older and I hadn't found a partner yet. So I wanted to leave that option open for me."
Morgan also talked with Hillary Andersson of the BBC to talk about her recent report called "America's Gun Addiction." The report shows how easy it is to buy an assault weapon in America.
"When you're actually in a gun show, you know, and you find that you want to buy an AR-15 and all you have to do is literally hand over the cash, the guy didn't even ask for my driver's license," Andersson detailed her time at a gun show. "I showed it to him, but he wasn't interested. I asked for a receipt, he wasn't interested. Yeah, it's pretty amazing just how easy it is. Because if I can buy a gun, you know, then, anybody can."
The Panorama reporter explained to Morgan how different it is to buy a gun from a private dealer versus a licensed dealer:
"If you're buying from a private dealer, nobody asks any questions. So you can really do whatever you want. And there's no follow-up in Texas, because you don't [have] to license the gun or register it after you buy it."
Watch the clips and listen to the interviews as Morgan examines what women really want and how America can become a safer country.
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