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Publisher's Summary

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 US State Department in 2009, she was confident she could juggle the demands of her position in Washington, DC, 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 longstanding 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.

©2015 Anne-Marie Slaughter (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"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." (Hillary Rodham Clinton)
"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...and a fully engaged parent." (Arianna Huffington)
"Unfinished Business is an important read for women and men alike. Slaughter shows us that when people share equally the responsibility...both women and men are freer to lead the lives they want." (Melinda Gates)

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  • Lisa
  • Edmonton, AB
  • 09-16-17

Great message. Terrible performance.

What did you love best about Unfinished Business?

I liked how the author focused on women's and men's issues with work and life fit.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator tended to speak in a stiacatto style that was uncomfortable to listen to. The author spoke at the beginning and end of the book for a short duration. I enjoyed listening to the author more than the narrator.

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Very relatable as working mom

It was a huge help to me. I'm a PhD Biochemist with a 10 month old. I had been struggling with the feeling that I wanted to spend more time with my son vs the hard long hours in a lab, almost the opposite of mom-guilt, career guilt. It has helped me immensely!

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Good book, poor narration

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I enjoyed the book and the main thesis. But I would have preferred it in the author's own voice (as the introduction). Her language / ideas are a bit high minded and the narrator only accentuated this with an almost aristocratic tone.

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A great framing of work/family issues.

I loved it, it was engaging and fascinating. So many common - sense ways of accommodating both work life and caregiving demands for both men and women.

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  • 01-02-16

A must read / listen

Intelligent, well articulated, and integrated perspective on advacing equality in our society. The last of the book is a more practical guide but was less interesting for me than first two parts.

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Eh

The narrator was obnoxious. I could not get through listening to her. I don't disagree with the thoughts stated, but women and men often go into business for themselves when they get to a point where something needs to change.

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Worth sticking with right until the end

It'll change the way you think about work, but more importantly, it'll change the way you view the men and women around you and the choices they make about work and family.

An important book, for both men and women, employees and managers, breadwinners and care-takers.

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An enlightened read for family people everywhere

I am a man, and also not a feminist. This book was very affirming to me nonetheless. excellent insights on work/life fitment. Though the book was mostly about the desires of professional women, it took a refreshing look at how those desires effect the male role in work/family life. A must read for managers and employees everywhere.

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Must read for young women and men

I feel that this is a truly progressive and proactive book that inspires me to ask for what I need and begin to think towards my future. Great read!

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Wish I hadn't.

The narrator is annoying at best, with a tone of superiority. Content is not at all as expected and could have been completed as an essay. Disappointing.

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