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Sarah Silverman is once again speaking out on a taboo subject that millions of women around the world struggle with every day. In a series of tweets posted on Monday, the comedian and actor briefly discussed the double standard of trying to balance a career and parenting for a woman versus a man.

Silverman tweeted “As a comic always working and on the road I have to decide between motherhood and living my fullest life; I chose the latter.” Silverman went on to say that it’s impossible to be a woman without sacrifice, comparing herself to her male peers who are able to spend long stretches of time on the road while their female partners stay home to raise their children.


This isn’t the first time that Silverman has discussed the difficulty of finding a balance between career and motherhood. The 46-year-old entertainer, who does not have children, spoke with E! News in 2015 following the release of her film I Smile Back, saying, while she yearns to have children, her career is not favourable to being the primary caregiver, a role women traditionally play in parenting.

“I just don’t have a life conducive to this,” said Silverman. “I could be a fun dad. I could do that. I could go on the road and come home and ‘Daddy’s home!’ and give them everything I have and just love them to pieces when I’m home and have a career and a life…I live in a little apartment. Sometimes I sit and [think], ‘So my guest room would be the baby’s room and then I’d just buy it clothes and food?’ I don’t how people do it. It’s so huge. It’s so much and there’s no going back. It’s a big decision.”

The comedian made a similar statement while appearing on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast in 2016. “It’s a sadness for me because I love kids. I ache for kids,” said Silverman. “But I love my life more. You can’t have it all; you really can’t.”

Silverman’s comments echo the struggles of many women who must decide between career and children, with balancing both not always an option.

Silverman is dating her Masters of Sex co-star Michael Sheen, who shares custody of his 17-year-old daughter Lily with his ex, Kate Beckinsale. Speaking about Silverman’s presence in Lily’s life, Beckinsale recently told the press “I’m completely open to any other strong, cool sensitive independent-thinking women who are going to be an influence in my daughter’s life. I am so glad Michael found her.”