Unfinished Business

A Conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter on Women, Men, Work and Family

When Anne-Marie Slaughter accepted her dream job as the first female director of policy planning at the U.S. Department of State in 2009, she was confident she could juggle the demands of her position in Washington D.C. with her family responsibilities in suburban New Jersey. But after two years, she made the decision to leave the State Department to spend more time with her family, a choice that left her questioning the feminist narrative she grew up with.

Her subsequent reflection, the viral "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" for The Atlantic, sparked intense national debate about breadwinning and caregiving and became the most-read piece in the magazine's history. But despite the many proposals that followed for how women can break the glass ceiling, there still exists a "motherhood penalty," and women at the top and the bottom of the income scale are further apart than ever before.

In her new book, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, Slaughter breaks free of long-held assumptions to ask: what does true equality between men and women really mean and how can we get there? Can we reunite the women's movement and provide a banner under which both men and women across the income spectrum can advance and thrive?

Join New America NYC, President and CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Christine Quinn for the launch event of Slaughter's Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, and for a conversation on finally finishing the business of equality for men and women, work and family.

Copies of Anne-Marie Slaughter's Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family will be available for purchase. Follow the discussion online using #UnfinishedBusiness and by following @NewAmericaNYC.


Jonathan Soros @imjonasaurus
CEO, JS Capital Management
Member, Board of Directors, New America


Anne-Marie Slaughter @SlaughterAM
President and CEO, New America
Author, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family

Christine Quinn @chriscquinn
Special Adviser, Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State
Former Speaker, New York City Council