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Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family Hardcover – September 29, 2015
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“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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Everyone should read this - young and old! So much personal stress and unhappiness could be avoided it we could lessen these gender role issues and improve our parenting. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Diann
Very informative, well written. A valuable read for any couple. This would be a great book for a freshman college read.Published 22 days ago by Jean Bonnyman
Great messages but repeated too often creating a book longer than necessaryPublished 2 months ago by char
Slaughter's book challenges the reader to reexamine their assumptions about who is to blame for why neither men or woman fail to have it all.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was familiar with Anne-Marie Slaughter's outstanding reputation and scholar of foreign affairs and appreciate her insights in that realm. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rob Galbraith
The statements and arguments where lacking evidence beyond the author's personal observations.Published 3 months ago by Claudia Gomez