Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family

Category: Book
By (author): Slaughter, Anne-Marie
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Women in Business
  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / Grandparenting
  SELF-HELP / General
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: September 2015
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 8.52in x 5.82in x 1.15in

Bookshelf comment

Anne-Marie Slaughter, who worked for Hillary Clinton, had it all. Supportive husband, big income, wonderful children. But it still wasn't enough to make her feel healthy about her family/work balance.This made her realize how tough it was for the "average" working woman to cope. The reaction do this book has been visceral!

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*A powerful, persuasive, thought-provoking vision for how to finish the long struggle for equality between men and women, work and family

When 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 Can't Have It All," created a firestorm, sparked intense national debate, and became one of the most-read pieces in the magazine's 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 beliefs-the "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 women's 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.
Review Quote*SHORTLISTED 2015- Financial Times/McKinsey & Co. Business Book of the Year Award

"Important. Revolutionary. Unfinished Business insists we recognize a simple truth: Human life requires space for caring for others-during childhood, illness, infirmity, and everything in between. And societies that consider caring as simply a ‘women's issue' are fundamentally broken and unhappy. Anne-Marie Slaughter has written the instruction manual for our next cultural transformation." -Atul Gawande
"Anne-Marie Slaughter insists that we ask ourselves hard questions. After reading Unfinished Business, I'm confident that you will be left with Anne-Marie's hope and optimism that we can change our points of view and policies so that both men and women can fully participate in their families and use their full talents on the job." -Hillary Rodham Clinton
"With breathtaking honesty, Anne-Marie Slaughter tackles the challenges of often conflicted working mothers and working fathers and shows how we can craft the lives we want for our families. Her book will spark a national conversation about what we need to do to live saner, more satisfying lives." -Katie Couric
"Unfinished Business is an important read for women and men alike. Slaughter shows us that when people share equally the responsibility of caring for others, they are healthier, economies prosper, and both men and women are freer to lead the lives they want." -Melinda Gates
"Anne-Marie Slaughter's gift for illuminating large issues through everyday human stories is what makes this book so necessary for anyone who wants to be both a leader at work and a fully engaged parent at home." -Arianna Huffington
Biographical NoteANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER is the current President and CEO of the New America Foundation. She was formerly the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and Dean of its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She served as Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department from January 2009 until February 2011 under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A foreign policy analyst, academic, and public commentator, she has taught at the University of Chicago and Harvard University, and is a former president of the American Society of International Law.