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Unfinished Business

Women Men Work Family

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Books 2016

Shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2015

When Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic article, "Why Women Still Can’t Have it All" first appeared, it immediately went viral, sparking a firestorm of debate across countries and continents. Within four days, it had become the most-read article in the history of the magazine. In the following months, Slaughter became a leading voice in the discussion on work-life balance and on women’s changing role in the workplace.

Now, Slaughter is here with her eagerly anticipated take on the problems we still face, and how we can finally get past them. In her pragmatic, down-to-earth style, Slaughter bursts the bubble on all the "half-truths" we tell young women about "having it all", and explains what is really necessary to get true gender equality, both in the workplace and at home. Deeply researched, and filled with all the warm, wise and funny anecdotes that first made her the most trusted and admired voice on the issue, Anne-Marie Slaughter’s book is sure to change minds, ignite debate and be the topic of conversation.


  • Publication date: May 12, 2016
  • ISBN: 9781780748702
  • RRP: £12.99
  • Pages: 352
  • Publication date: October 1, 2015
  • ISBN: 9781780745084
  • RRP: £16.99
  • Pages: 352
  • Publication date: October 1, 2015
  • ISBN: 9781780745091
  • RRP: £4.99
  • Pages: 336


An incredibly thought-provoking read and a helpful guide to setting yourself up for success at work and at home.


A fearlessly honest and brilliant analysis of having it all... Slaughter understands the huge pressures women today are under.’


'Ms Slaughter should be applauded for devising a "new vocabulary" to identify a broad, misclassified social phenomenon'.

The Economist

'[Slaughter] marshals an impressive array of evidence...she has read every study going - and despite the US focus, there is plenty here for a British reader to chew over'.


'[A] deft handling of this important and complex topic...Slaughter's analysis is acute, and the book...contains useful information and advice'.


'Slaughter's refreshing self-awareness differentiates, timely call for change for both women and men'.

Independent on Sunday

'A rallying cry for all women - and men'.


'An important addition to the feminist debate'.


'Unfinished Business poses crucial questions about what success really looks like.'

Sunday Times Culture

'A compelling and lively read...a brilliant summary of the problem with work, told well and with a quiet, righteous anger'.

Financial Times

‘Anne-Marie Slaughter insists that we ask ourselves hard questions. After reading Unfinished Business, I’m confident that you will be left with Anne-Marie’s hope and optimism that we can change our points of view and policies so that both men and women can fully participate in their families and use their full talents on the job.’

Hillary Clinton

‘Anne-Marie Slaughter’s gift for illuminating large issues through everyday human stories is what makes this book so necessary for anyone who wants to be both a leader at work and a fully engaged parent at home.’ 

Arianna Huffington

Anne-Marie Slaughter

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