- 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
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- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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But it goes well beyond these (important) themes to explore how both women and men need to think differently about their careers and families going forward... in part because the "traditional workplace" is becoming as outdated as the typewriter, and in part because our priorities have started to get seriously out of whack. Millennials are starting to want something different and, with the advent of technology that can transform the work-place, they have a tremendous opportunity to achieve it.
Along the way, some seriously interesting topics get explored. How young women need a different career path approach in an era where life expectancies are headed north of 100. How spouses/partners need a plan to make it all work, even though life will inevitably get in the way. How men who take the lead parenting plunge are likely to run up against (and need to prevail against) outdated cultural biases. How the language we use is incredibly important to achieving gender equality in the workplace. How big business has no incentive to change traditional work formats... until flexible models start winning the war for talent. How workplace solutions need to be across the socio-economic spectrum. And how society as a whole needs to "revalue caregiving".
Does Slaughter have all the answers? No, but she does have some great ideas, from disruptive technologies to legislative priorities to personal approaches. The point is to get the dialogue started. And having now given the book to my two daughters, it has in my house...
I have not personally read the book but like the message from it in the Atlantic Review and agree the topic is majorly important and vital beginning now.
I was a stay at home Mom as I raised my children and I am now a caretaker of their Grandmom. She is a few weeks away from 96 years old.
During her younger era of care taking, a stigma did not seem to be attached to the women at home. It was common. There was one however, once the children were raised and a middle aged woman having given up work outside the home, tried to get employment. It was heartbreaking for me to see as a young woman with an older Mom trying to "become viable."
When she had always been viable.
Sadly, I have faced that as well. Generations later along with many others.
For too many years, caregivers have had to master a silence at judgements toward them.
It is time voices do become heard and value put on people that do make their loved ones a priority through birth, health, sickness and death. No matter your gender.
My only complaints are that some of the points got a little repetitive which I think could've been fixed by simply shortening the book. (I may feel this way because I read this book in small increments over the course of a few months.)
This also had a very particular group of women in mind--professional women. I wish she talked more about single mothers and mothers who work on hourly wages. That being said, I understand she was drawing inspiration from her life experiences and those around her. It's especially disappointing that she didn't cover the struggle for non-professional women in greater depth because she was so thorough with her arguments--able to deftly and honestly make arguments for and against what she's saying.
This author is self-aware and objective throughout this book. This one's worth a read if your like reading about work, family, feminism.
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