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Anne-Marie Slaughter

Help Us Imagine a New America ... President and CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter’s new book, Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family

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Peter Burgess

Gmail Peter Burgess Help Us Imagine a New America 1 message New America Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 11:12 AM Reply-To: development@newamerica.org To: Peter Burgess

Help us imagine a New America where the family is at the center of social policy-making, where we value care as much as we value competition, and where the future of work promotes flexibility and equality.

New America's policy experts, fellows and award-winning writers and thinkers are imagining this renewed America every day.

President and CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter’s new book, Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family is the latest publication in a long list of thoughtful work coming from New America’s talented team. In the book, Anne-Marie encourages us to rethink the constructs of care and competition, the future workplace needs and practices, and how we need to develop an infrastructure of care in America.

Anne-Marie Slaughter's Unfinished Business [see below]

New America’s Family Centered Social Policy team — a cross-programmatic collaborative effort incorporating the best minds and writers in Asset Building, Breadwinning & Caregiving, Early Education, Open Markets, the Open Technology Institute, and Workforce Development — is researching and building a policy framework and practical solutions that put the family at the forefront of all policy decisions.

In our recent publication Strengthening Ties: the case for building a social policy centered on families, we discuss how America’s “family” policies are “often based on long-defunct assumptions about the actual structure of modern families,” and “policy silos prevent the strategic coordination of support systems and social programs.”

Our teams are imagining a New America with policy and practice solutions for:

  • High quality and affordable childcare and eldercare

  • Intergenerational and gender equitable policies

  • Paid family and medical leave for women and men

  • A right to request full or part-time work

  • Investment in early education comparable to our investment in elementary and secondary education

  • Coordinated and integrated support systems across housing, food, income and workforce training

  • And nontraditional family structures


Your contribution helps make possible the big ideas that reinforce the growing importance of families as sources of human capital and determinants of individual success.

Please consider supporting New America’s network of policy experts, fellows, writers, and thinkers who are imagining and working toward a renewed America every day.


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BOOK | SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 Anne-Marie Slaughter Three years after her conversation-starting article in The Atlantic, 'Why Women Still Can't Have It All,' New America President and CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter released her book Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family. Slaughter presents her blueprint for the future of gender equity and workplace policies that can promote more balanced lives for men and women.

Public Book Tour Schedule

Seattle October 5th at Town Hall Seattle

San Francisco October 6th at Book Passage October 7th at Commonwealth Club

Los Angeles October 8th at Los Angeles World Affairs Council

Chicago October 12th at the Union League Club October 12th at Family Action Network October 13th at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Austin October 15th at the Texas Conference for Women

Little Rock October 16th at the Clinton School of Public Service

Philadelphia October 19th at the National Constitution Center

New York October 21st at New York Big Ideas Night with Anne-Marie Slaughter

Boston November 3rd at Harvard Book Store

Princeton November 30th at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs About the Book

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, breaking free of her long-standing assumptions about work, life, and family. Though many solutions have been proposed for how women can continue to break the glass ceiling or rise above the “motherhood penalty,” women at the top and the bottom of the income scale are further and further apart.

Now, in her refreshing and forthright voice, Anne-Marie Slaughter returns with her vision for what true equality between men and women really means, and how we can get there. She uncovers the missing piece of the puzzle, presenting 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 reveals 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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