Moving Beyond the Mommy Wars

Courtney Reissig | December 28, 2015

Our culture is in a seemingly endless discussion about whether women can have it all, whether balancing work and family is possible for those who want to succeed professionally. As Millennials continue entering the workforce, and flexible options continue opening up, this discussion isn’t going away anytime soon.

In her new book, Unfinished Business, Anne-Marie Slaughter continues the conversation about women, men, work, and family with a fresh perspective on how we’re going to get it all done and thrive as a society. Slaughter’s central thesis is that we disadvantage women in the labor market by treating caregiving as a women’s issue. Having a more equal society requires recovering the value of caregiving and providing flexible options for people to make space for these roles in their lives.

Slaughter, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University and mother of two teenage sons, suggests there are two main drives in all people: competition and care. These desires have often been pitted against each other, forcing people—especially women—to choose between caregiving and career. In our quest to make women equal to men in the marketplace, we’ve diminished the value of the real work women have been doing since time began. Slaughter proposes we continue the good work done in…

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