Spotlight: Anne-Marie Slaughter

Happy Friday, everyone! We’ve made it to the end of the week, and I know that I am definitely looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Although I mentioned that Fridays would be reserved for sharing some of my favorite things, I had a little change of heart and decided that Fridays would be used to spotlight a boss lady that inspired me. This week’s spotlight goes to Anne- Marie Slaughter, a lawyer, foreign policy bad ass, and founder of New America, a think tank dedicated to reinventing American politics and prosperity through technology.

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I remember first hearing about Anne-Marie a few years ago when she published her controversial article in The Atlantic titled, Why Women Still Can’t Have It All. Recently, she was a guest on #girlboss Radio (have you listened to it yet? You should!).  I was immediately taken with her undeniable smarts and incredible accomplishments, but what really struck me was her philosophy on what it takes to reach true gender equality. While ladies like Sheryl Sandberg focus on what women can do for themselves, i.e. “lean in,” Anne-Marie thinks we need to make cultural changes that make bread-winning and care giving equally valuable work. Having a full life that embraces more than just career ambitions will be good for businesses, good for families, and ultimately good for society. Her focus on family and the whole self is something that really resonates with me, and I’m excited to learn more from reading her book, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family.

If you have 17 minutes to spare, I also recommend watching her Ted talk on these issues.

Let me know who inspired you this week in the comments.  Have a great weekend!

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