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Anne-Marie Slaughter on work-life balance without the struggle

The high-achieving woman who wrote an Atlantic article entitled "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" says real work-life balance for women and men requires mutual support, flexible work hours and careers built in intervals. Anne-Marie Slaughter joins us to talk about Unfinished Business.
In an article for The Atlantic magazine, Anne-Marie Slaughter describes her struggles balancing a high-powered career with raising her two sons. The story burst open the debate on the difficulties for working mothers. (AP Photo/Princeton University)
"I've seen the results of Lean In.I think it is terrific, but you can not lean in too far without a really strong support system, or you will tip over."- Anne-Marie Slaughter referring Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" message 

Anne-Marie Slaughter is one accomplished woman -- She's a distinguished professor of politics at Princeton University... and heads a think-tank called New America. She used to be the director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department.

But, if her name is familiar to you, the odds are it's because of a magazine article she wrote for The Atlantic.

It was headlined, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," And, it became one of the most widely read, shared, and debated articles in the Atlantic's 150 year history.   

Anne-Marie Slaughter touched a nerve with her contribution to society's ongoing debate around gender roles, and equality between men and women.And now she's back with a new book to keep that discussion going. She's called the book, "Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family."

Anne Marie Slaughter joined Anna Maria from Chicago. 

How do you handle work/life balance? Does your job work for you? For your family?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.