Unfinished Business

Women Men Work Family

Publisher: Vintage Canada
A powerful, persuasive, thought-provoking vision for how to finish the long struggle for equality between men and women, work and family.

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 with her responsibilities as a wife and mother. 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.
     Now, in her refreshing and forthright voice, Anne-Marie Slaughter shares her vision of what true equality between men and women really means and how we can get there. With moving personal stories, individual action plans, and a broad outline for change, Unfinished Business presents a future in which all of us can finally finish the business of equality for women and men, work and family.


SHORTLISTED 2015 – Financial Times/McKinsey & Co. Business Book of the Year Award

“Important. Revolutionary. Unfinished Business insists we recognize a simple truth: Human life requires space for caring for others—during childhood, illness, infirmity, and everything in between. And societies that consider caring as simply a ‘women’s issue’ are fundamentally broken and unhappy. Anne-Marie Slaughter has written the instruction manual for our next cultural transformation.” —Atul Gawande
“Anne-Marie Slaughter insists that we ask ourselves hard questions. After reading Unfinished Business, I’m confident that you will be left with Anne-Marie’s hope and optimism that we can change our points of view and policies so that both men and women can fully participate in their families and use their full talents on the job.” —Hillary Rodham Clinton
“With breathtaking honesty, Anne-Marie Slaughter tackles the challenges of often conflicted working mothers and working fathers and shows how we can craft the lives we want for our families. Her book will spark a national conversation about what we need to do to live saner, more satisfying lives.” —Katie Couric
Unfinished Business is an important read for women and men alike. Slaughter shows us that when people share equally the responsibility of caring for others, they are healthier, economies prosper, and both men and women are freer to lead the lives they want.” —Melinda Gates
“Anne-Marie Slaughter’s gift for illuminating large issues through everyday human stories is what makes this book so necessary for anyone who wants to be both a leader at work and a fully engaged parent at home.” —Arianna Huffington

From the Hardcover edition.