Within days of being published in The Atlantic this summer, Anne-Marie Slaughter’s blockbuster cover story, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” attracted more than one million readers online and reignited a national and international discussion about social policies and cultural attitudes toward the work-life balance.
From morning television to the blogosphere to late-night comedians, the article provoked a wide range of reactions. The conversation continues in this panel discussion with Slaughter, who served as the first female director of policy planning at the State Department and is a currently a professor at Princeton University; Hanna Rosin, an Atlantic senior editor and author of The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, based on her July/August 2010 Atlantic cover story; and James Bennet, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic.
James Bennet has been editor in chief of The Atlantic since 2006. Before joining the Atlantic staff, Bennet was the Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times. During his three years in Israel, his coverage of the Middle East conflict was widely acclaimed for its balance and sensitivity. His much-lauded long-form writing for The New York Times Magazine was responsible for catching the eye of Atlantic owner David Bradley during his year-long search for a new editor. Upon accepting the position, Bennet told a Times reporter that he saw the Atlantic job as “a chance to help, encourage and preserve the practice of serious, long-form journalism.” Prior to his work in Jerusalem, he served as the Times’ White House correspondent and was preparing to join its Beijing bureau when he was offered the Atlantic editorship. Bennet began his journalism career at the Washington Monthly.
Hanna Rosin, an Atlantic national correspondent, is the author of the book The End of Men based on her story in the July/August 2010 Atlantic.
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the first woman director of policy planning for the US State Department. Slaughter was dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002 to 2009 and a professor of international law at Harvard Law School from 1994 to 2002. She has written or edited six books, including The Idea that is America: Keeping Faith with our Values in a Dangerous World and A New World Order, and over 100 articles. She also writes for popular media and curates foreign policy news on Twitter.
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, declares that while some women have reached society's highest levels of leadership, there is no framework for new generations of women to attain similar accomplishments. Slaughter argues that there needs to be a "revolution" to secure a new era of representation for women.