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
I was surprised to see the average rating of 3.95 for this book. Clearly I must have missed something that other readers picked up on. For me this was a disappointing read.
1. I could not sympathize with Anne-Marie Slaughter's big epiphany moment. She left a job as Dean of an academic department at Princeton for a job in Washington, working for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She and her husband decided not to uproot their two preteen boys and so she commuted on a weekly basis. And then - o, ...more
I appreciated this book on women, work, and family, finding it more nuanced and realistic than Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.
Slaughter opens her book with a personal anecdote. In 2010, she accepted a prestigious opportunity to work for Hillary Clinton in Washington, D.C. This job meant that she would be a commuting parent, living in Washington during the week and spending the weekends at home with her family based in Princeton. Slaughter accepted the job with the ostensible support ...more
The BEST work-life balance book you will ever read! Everyone needs to read this! I've read many books on this topic, as well as books geared toward working women: Lean In and I'd Rather Be In Charge. As much as I agree with women needing to be more assertive in the workplace, to advance their careers and step up to the table regardless of competing obligations, I still felt that these books did not address the realities and complexities of having a family and competing priorities for ALL PEOPLE. ...more
I really enjoyed this book and some of the insights that it gave me about my own work, parenting and marriage.
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
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
This was such a great read and while it may sound way idealistic, I believe we owe this way of thinking and behaving to the good of humanity. I loved slater's viral article and this book focuses and calls for better participation, of everybody : men, women, businesses, governments and policy to promote healthier attitudes towards work and home to give everyone a better opportunity to live more fulfilling lives. Highly recommend if you think seriously about unpaid care, the care economy in genera ...more
Read Harder Challenge Item: Read a book about feminism or with feminist themes
This book tackles the evergreen topic of interest in feminist circles of "balancing work and family." While it treads a lot of familiar ground -- the cost to a woman's career when she prioritizes care-giving, envy of the Scandinavian countries that have this all figured out, etc. -- I liked that it framed the dilemma as a problem of "undervaluing care," and that it called on both women and men to change these cultural ...more