Unfinished Business

Women, Men, Work, Family
Sept. 28, 2015

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


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


October 12th at the Union League Club

October 12th at Family Action Network

October 13th at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs


October 15th at the Texas Conference for Women

Little Rock

October 16th at the Clinton School of Public Service


October 19th at the National Constitution Center

New York

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


November 3rd at Harvard Book Store


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.