By these standards, it seems like the Slaughters and the Sandbergs of the working world have little to complain about, with their high-paying jobs and supportive husbands. But that's not to say that women at the top have it easy. As of 2011, women only led 18 Fortune 500 companies and only held around 16 percent of board seats at those companies, according to research firm Catalyst.
While many moms cannot exactly identify with the lifestyles of their rich and powerful peers, it can be hard to ignore the desire to follow in their footsteps.
"I think it captures our attention because we would hope that the women who have really made it to the top and have really proven themselves through incredible talent and luck and determination, that those women, at least, should have the answer, should have figured out how you can do it," says Martin.
Danielle Kurtzleben is a business and economics reporter for U.S. News & World Report. Connect with her on Twitter at @titonka or via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.