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Public policy maker Anne-Marie Slaughter scaled the career ladder, shattered the glass ceiling and then left her vocation to focus on her family – an act of defiance against her lifelong feminist leanings. Only on retrospection has Slaughter come to understand that workplace equality should not be measured by women’s opportunities but by the level of “humanist” choices available to both sexes. getAbstract recommends this provocative lecture to men and women seeking to discover the right work-life balance that fulfills both their “breadwinning” and “caregiving” roles.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the public perception of workplace equality is outmoded,
  • What areas of society need to change to embrace the new order and
  • Why a shift from the feminist movement to a “humanist” movement is critical.

About the Speaker

Anne-Marie Slaughter, first female director of policy planning for the US Department of State, is president of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute that focuses on resolving America’s future challenges.



When the US State Department offered its deputy director of planning policy, Anne-Marie Slaughter, a lucrative promotion, the lifelong advocate of feminism rejected the opportunity and quit her job to focus on her family. This decision led Slaughter to re-evaluate her definition of “male-female equality...

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