A powerful, persuasive, thought-provoking vision for how to finish the long struggle for equality between men and women, work and familyWhen Anne-Marie Slaughter accepted her dream job as the first female director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department in 2009, she was confident she could juggle the demands of her position in Washington, D.C., with the responsibilities of her family life in suburban New Jersey. Her husband and two young sons encouraged her to pursue the job; she had a tremendously supportive boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and she had been moving up on a high-profile career track since law school. But then life intervened. Parenting needs caused her to make a decision to leave the State Department and return to an academic career that gave her more time for her family.The reactions to her choice to leave Washington because of her kids led her to question the feminist narrative she grew up with. Her subsequent article for The Atlantic, Why Women Still Cant Have It All, created a firestorm, sparked intense national debate, and became one of the most-read pieces in the magazines history.Since that time, Anne-Marie Slaughter has pushed forward even further and broken free of her long-standing assumptions about work, life, and family. In the twenty-first century, the feminist movement has stalled, and though many solutions have been proposed for how women can continue to break the glass ceiling or rise above the motherhood penalty, so far no solution has been able to unite all women.Now, in her refreshing and forthright voice, Anne-Marie Slaughter returns with her vision of what true equality between men and women really means and how we can get there. Slaughter takes a hard look at our reflexive beliefsthe half-truths we tell ourselves that are holding women back. Then she reveals the missing piece of the puzzle, a new focus that can reunite the womens movement and provide a common banner under which both men and women can advance and thrive.With moving personal stories, individual action plans, and a broad outline for change, Anne-Marie Slaughter presents a future in which all of us can finally finish the business of equality for women and men, work and family....
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Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family Reviews
In 2012, fresh from leaving her high-ranking position with the State Department in order to have more time with her family, Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote Why Women Still Can’t Have It All for The Atlantic. The article soon went viral, earning its fair share of praise and criticism. The comments and e-mails Slaughter received in the wake of the article’s publication began to reshape her view and led her to Unfinished Business.
A major criticism of Slaughter’s Atlantic article was her problematic focu ...more
Anne-Marie Slaughter provides the much-needed, hard-hitting response to Lean In — one that is, notably, grounded in reality. Sheryl Sandberg’s call to women to be ambitious in the office was respectable, but 99% of American women aren’t going to become Silicon Valley billionaires, and “leaning in” doesn’t actually do anything to change the miserably biased, inflexible conditions that the vast majority of working mothers find themselves in. Slaughter is calling for a social overhaul, not a capitu ...more
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars
Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family is a well-crafted, thought-provoking book that everyone should read. Men, women, parents, aspiring parents, managers of parents, colleagues of parents, policy-makers, and people with living parents. And everyone else too.
Anne-Marie Slaughter does an amazing job of unpacking the complexities of caregiving, gender identity, workplace expectations, and cultural attitudes toward working parents. As a society we under-value caregiv ...more
Actually, I give this book 2.5 stars, averaging out the 3 sections (I'm disappointed in myself that I found the book so disappointing!). But Slaughter is a badass so I'm rounding up. Section One "Moving Beyond Our Mantras" sets the stage of Slaughter's argument that the systems of our society (that being American, professional class) need to change in order for the next stage of women's liberation to occur. But this section is pretty much a recap of her infamous 2012 Atlantic Monthly article, "W ...more
When I read a nonfiction book, I’m looking for new information or a new way of looking at the old. In Unfinished Business, Anne-Marie Slaughter delivers both.
I discovered this book through an interview Slaughter did with More Magazine. “My father was a lawyer," she says. "I’m a lawyer. Women wanted to have financial independence, so we took on our fathers’ jobs. In the meantime, we devalued what our mothers did. But without our mothers (being caregivers), our fathers never would have been able ...more
Авторка пропонує чесно зізнатися, що кожен з нас (і чоловіки і жінки) чимось жертвують, обираючи кар’єру чи сім’ю. Якщо ми обираємо і те і те, то жертвуємо ми в обох сферах чимось, але ми також маємо шанс і багато отримати. Як це зробити - читайте у книжці.
I really enjoyed this book and some of the insights that it gave me about my own work, parenting and marriage.
When I told a friend I was reading this book, she said "That's the kind of book where I just read the magazine article about it instead." And I think Slaughter would have been better served if she had written a series of high profile articles instead of a book as it felt like she was trying to boil an ocean by covering so many different aspects of the challenges in work/life balance (or as she prefers to call it "work/life fit").
I think she makes excellent arguments on how we need to value the ...more