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Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article in The Atlantic, *Why Women Still Can’t Have It All*, is prompting renewed discussion about the work-family balance. Slaughter, now back at Princeton University where she is a professor of politics and international affairs, served as the director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department from 2009 to 2011. She is and was at all times the mother of two teenage boys. Here are links to The Atlantic article, an interview with her, and just some of the reactions in the media.
*(1) Online version of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article: *bit.ly/MvKaqX or * *
The Atlantic, July/August 2012
Why Women Still Can’t Have It All by Anne-Marie Slaughterhttp://www.theatlantic.com/anne-marie-slaughter/
It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.
*(2) Reactions to the article, presented by The Atlantic:* http://www.theatlantic.com/debates/women-workplace/
- Why There's No Such Thing as 'Having It All'—and There Never Will Be by Lori Gottlieb. When smart women lament the challenges of having everything at once all of the time, they sound awfully childish.
- Women Having It All: The Debate So Far, by Heather Horn. Who agrees, who disagrees, and why
*(3) Interview with Anne-Marie Slaughter, Fresh Air, NPR June 21, 2012: http://n.pr/MLPJkB* The Impossible Juggling Act: Motherhood And Work
June 21, 2012 Anne-Marie Slaughter left her position as the State Department's director of policy planning to spend more time with her children. Slaughter, now a Princeton professor, details what needs to change both in workplaces and in society to create equal opportunities for all working women.
The conversation came to life in part because of a compelling face-off of issues and personalities: Ms. Slaughter, who urged workplaces to change and women to stop blaming themselves, took on Ms. Sandberg, who has somewhat unintentionally come to epitomize the higher-harder-faster school of female achievement.**
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