How We All Can Have it All [WEBINAR]

It was a delight to feature Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, for our final #FierceFall Power Lunch yesterday!

Over the course of her career, Anne-Marie has served as a law professor, author, Princeton University Dean, State Department head with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and now serves as the President of New America, a think tank here in Washington, DC.

Here new book was inspired by the viral article she penned for The Atlantic, Why Women Still Can’t Have it All, back in 2012.

You can watch the full playback below, and for those in a rush, check out my biggest three take-aways from what Anne-Marie had to share.

It’s not you, it’s the system.

If you feel like it’s increasingly impossible to balance work and, well, the rest of life, know that you’re not alone. When Anne-Marie was working with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department and even she couldn’t “make it work,” despite having unambiguous ambition, money, and an understanding boss, she realized that it wasn’t just her – it’s the system. The whole way that work works is based on out-dated expectations, and leaves us all feeling the pinch. It’s what caused her to write Why Women Still Can’t Have it All, which quickly became the most-read article ever published in The Atlantic and resulted in her new book, Unfinished Business: Men Women Work Family.

Change the words, change the world.

The way we talk about these issues matters, says Anne-Marie. “If you change the way you talk about these issues, you change the way you think,” she says. In particular, we have to not only invite men to join in on this conversation, we should take gender out of it completely, she says, this is about living a better life for all of us. “Erase the language and the thinking,” says Anne-Marie, “that assumes that this is a women’s issue.”

Make overwork uncool.

When Anne-Marie was growing up, her mother would put out a little vase of cigarettes on the dining table when hosting a dinner party, and back then that meant being a considerate hostess. It’s my hope that we’ll look back at this era of being tethered to work via our smartphones 24/7 in the same way. We have to make overwork uncool by highlighting how damaging and counter-productive that kind of always-on approach actually is over the long term. “Everybody smoked when I was growing up,” Anne-Marie shared, “Smoking went from this very cool thing that you did to this sign of weakness: that you couldn’t quit, that was affecting your health, and that was affecting the health of those around you.”

Watch Anne-Marie’s Power Lunch playback below and weigh in with your comments to share how you can put these tips to use in your life right now:

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