Anne-Marie Slaughter on the value of caregiving, co-parenting and why we need to do less
In 2009 Anne-Marie Slaughter landed what she has called her dream job—director of policy planning at the U.S. Department of State. But during that time, her two sons were experiencing a rough period of adolescence, and she found herself wanting to be home in New Jersey with them. So she left her dream job in government after just two years, and then wrote a powerful article for The Atlantic called "Why Women Still Can't Have It All." That article went on to become one of the most read articles in the history of the magazine and helped to reignite the conversation around gender equality. Today, Anne-Marie is still one of the most prominent political scientists out there, and in 2015 she published a widely-read book based on the response to her Atlantic article, titled, "Unfinished Business: Women, men, work and family." In addition to being President and CEO of New America, she is also the mother of two sons. In this episode, Liz and Anne-Marie talk about the value of caregiving, the reasons why it has been so undervalued in our society, and what we can do to start changing these norms and push towards equality.
Angela Duckworth is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and founder and CEO of the Character Lab, a nonprofit advancing the science and practice of character development in children.
She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance," which talks about how the combination of passion and persistence is more important than talent when it comes to succeeding in life.
Angela's research and ideas have been groundbreaking in the areas of education and parenting, and in this episode, she and Liz talk about how we can instill our kids with grit, how she personally approaches this with her own daughters, and why even though she's a psychology expert she herself is far from a perfect parent.