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Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family Hardcover – September 29, 2015

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“An eye-opening call to action from someone who rethought the whole notion of ‘having it all,’ Unfinished Business could change how many of us approach our most important business: living.”People
 
“Another clarion call from [Anne-Marie] Slaughter . . . Her case for revaluing and better compensating caregiving is compelling. . . . Slaughter skillfully exposes half-truths in the workplace [and] makes it a point in her book to speak beyond the elite.”—Jill Abramson, The Washington Post
 
“Slaughter argues that the current punishing route to professional success—or simply to survival—is stalling gender progress. . . . [Her] important contribution is to use her considerable platform to call for cultural change, itself profoundly necessary. The book’s audience, then, shouldn’t just be worried womankind. It should go right into the hands of (still mostly male) decision-makers.”Los Angeles Times
 
“Slaughter should be applauded for devising a ‘new vocabulary’ to identify a broad, misclassified social phenomenon. And she is razor-sharp on outlining the cultural shifts necessary to give caregiving its due. . . . By putting these issues on the agenda, Slaughter has already taken an essential first step.”The Economist
 
“A meaningful correction to Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In . . . For Slaughter, it is organizations—not women—that need to change.”Slate

“The mother of a manifesto for working women . . . Anecdotes from [Slaughter’s] own life and others are deftly interwoven with research, making Unfinished Business a compelling and lively read.”Financial Times

“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
 
“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
 
“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 women and men are freer to lead the lives they want.”—Melinda Gates
 
“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 has given us a blueprint for the future in which women truly have freedom to choose. They can be leaders at the workplace, and they can be leaders at home, at any point in their lives. Unfinished Business paves the way for women and men to be equal partners in America’s cultural and economic success by accessing 100 percent of our brainpower and creativity.”—Kay Bailey Hutchison
 
Unfinished Business sets out a powerful vision not only for gender equality, but for the future of work. Anne-Marie Slaughter presents an important approach to tapping into the talent pool of gifted, educated women who have taken time out for their kids—and we need to pay attention.”—Eric Schmidt

About the Author

Anne-Marie Slaughter is president and CEO of New America. She is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the former dean of its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed Slaughter director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department, the first woman to hold that job. A foreign policy analyst, legal and international relations scholar, and public commentator, Slaughter was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School and Harvard Law School and is a former president of the American Society of International Law.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (September 29, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812994566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812994568
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First off, this book is coming from someone who is very career oriented. High performance and high income appear to be quite important to Slaughter. That said, I think she has done a good job of stepping out of her own perspective to take a wider view, and her insights are valid across our culture, not just for the “career woman.”

Slaughter looks at how caring for others is undervalued in our society and how everyone would benefit (career women, working women, stay-at-home mothers, men, and children) if this was corrected. She looks at many ways in which this can be achieved. She looks at other cultures which do place a higher value on care. She looks at how business, government, and individuals can help place more value on care.
By care, Slaughter is referring to more than child care. She also looks at elder care and the many types of charitable giving. She looks at how increasing the value of care is part of expanding the benefits of the feminist movement. There is more to feminism than women doing what men have traditionally done.
She looks at the benefits of not only changing our expectations of women, but our expectations of men. Including what men do in the home. She looks at how men typically parent differently, and why women should accept this as a valid parenting method.

Part of the book, which may be pointless to those of us who are dedicated career women, looks at how “the majority of Americans are mired in a 1950s mindset when it comes to assumptions about when and how we work, what an ideal worker looks like, and when to expect that ideal worker to peak in his career. Men who came up through the old system and succeeded in it simply find it very hard to believe that their businesses could flourish any other way.
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Anne-Marie Slaughter was Director of Policy Planning under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton--but she's most familiar to me as the author of her controversial Atlantic article, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All." The woman has some seriously impressive credentials, and I was excited to hear what she had to say about the oft talked-about subject of work/family balance, and I was curious to see how her thoughts stacked up against other books on the subject, such as Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, and Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.

Amazingly, Unfinished Business adds something new to the discussion. Slaughter's ideas are refreshing and insightful, and I also happen to think she is spot on. Slaughter's strongest point is that there is powerful and ubiquitous discrimination against caregiving in the United States. Fifty years ago, women wanted out of the home. They wanted to have freedom to pursue their own goals, while also having the opportunity to support themselves. And over the past half-century, they've more or less accomplished this goal. Obviously there is still progress to be made, but there is no denying that women are better off than they were several years ago.
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“Unfinished Business” by Anne-Marie Slaughter regrettably joins a long list of feminist writings where a good premise has been drowned out by the author’s insufferably elitist perspective. To be fair, Ms. Slaughter is an exceptional woman who has achieved great things as an educator, analyst and public servant. Unfortunately, Ms. Slaughter’s reticence to speak truth to power dilutes her book’s message; making for a listless and uninspiring journey for reader who have the fortitude to muddle through its 200+ pages.

It's not that Ms. Slaughter doesn't has a story to tell. Ms. Slaughter left a prestigious government assignment to care for her family during a time of personal struggle. The experience led to a high-profile magazine article “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” which in turn led to this book. Reading about the author’s struggles is without a doubt the best part of the book. Let me be clear: I have nothing but respect for the author and her courage to do what she felt was best for her family.

Regrettably, Ms. Slaughter’s personal revelations become grist for 11 chapters on a subject that working class people have always known: namely, that balancing work and family life ain’t so easy to do. Something usually has to give.

It’s not all bad. Ms. Slaughter recognizes that men’s nurturing potentials need to be respected and supported in a society where women continue to make substantive gains in the professional world. The author is correct when she says that language matters, the crisis in education is rooted in issues of inequality, and that more women in positions of power can help. This much is (more or less) true and it’s nice to hear a person of Ms. Slaughter’s stature lend her voice to these assorted critical issues.

The problem is that Ms.
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