The author, academic and former politico on life, work, and the pursuit of not having it all.
When she landed her Washington dream job as the first (damn right!) female Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department, Anne-Marie Slaughter left her tenured gig at Princeton, her two teenaged sons and husband for a weekly commute to D.C. Cue long hours, an inflexible work schedule, and missing some key formative years in her kids’ lives, along with a good thing: one of The Atlantic’s most read articles in its history, Why Women Still Can’t Have it All, which Slaughter wrote based on those very same experiences. She carried that conversation through in her book, Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, and Family (catch the paperback, which is out now). Listen on as the current CEO of New America talks to Sophia about the importance of work-life balance, working under Secretary Clinton, not leaving school until her 30s, and how learning to assert yourself starts with an empty room.