Slaughter–president and CEO of New America, Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, former dean of its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and former director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department (the first woman to hold that job)–shot to national and viral fame when she published her 2012 article in The Atlantic called “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” She ignited a conversation about work-life balance, gender roles and expectations.
Shriver began the discussion by asking Slaughter about her title, “Unfinished Business.”
“It’s the unfinished business of the women’s movement,” Slaughter said. “The unfinished business of getting us to real equality between men and women.
She went on to explain that we need to change the very way we think, our attitudes and our conversation as a society about care, working mothers AND working fathers. “It’s also about men,” she said. “Men are stuck in their traditional roles, and that doesn’t work.”
It starts by acknowledging that being a caregiver is as valuable as being a breadwinner.
Shriver asked Slaughter what she hoped to inform, inspire & ignite in the audience in the room and those watching online, so that everyone can commit to being a part of the change:
What do you want to inform?
Making room for care is not a women’s problem. It’s a work problem. It’s a national problem.
How do you want to inspire?
Your work as a caregiver is just as important as the money you earn. You should feel as proud of doing that as what you do for money.
What do you want to ignite?
I want to change the conversation. “It’s about care. It’s about making room for care in our society,” Slaughter said. “Women will not be equal until men are equal. It’s about opening up roles for them.”
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